Bob Hawke appeared in A Country Practice. Joan Kirner sang I Love Rock n’ Roll on the national broadcaster.
Now Anthony Albanese has continued a tradition of Labor leaders extending themselves into the arts, with the part-time DJ singing in the chorus for a local Sydney charity single.
The Opposition leader last week spent an hour at Harvest Recording, which sits in his inner Sydney electorate of Grayndler, as part of a group laying down the chorus for the upcoming song “Fixin’ Broken Things”.
In the tradition of mid-80s charity singles such as Do They Know It’s Christmas? and We Are the World, Mr Albanese gave his time towards a performance aimed at raising local awareness about recycling.
The song is being put together by Deniz Tek, co-founder of Australian punk legends Radio Birdman, and former red Wiggle Murray Cook and Sydney singer Lizzie Mack who together have formed the Soul Movers.
Lyrics to the single include the line “somebody’s treasurer becoming trash in the blink of an eye”, in line with Mr Albanese’s stated aimed to raise awareness about recycling and reducing rubbish.
The recording will go to The Wiggles’ Hot Potato Studio where it will be mixed. Other artists including Jimmy Barnes and Kate Ceberano have been asked to contribute their voices to the final track that will be released next year.