7 October, 2016. 12:34
L.D. MCINTOSH | Music and Theatre | Contact
ABC YOUTH-ORIENTED RADIO STATION Triple J has made major changes to its Hottest 100 countdown ahead of next year.
Breakfast duo Matt and Alex told listeners that the world’s biggest music poll will be announced at the grave of Indigenous land rights activist Eddie Mabo.
After copping slack for their ‘weak response’ to the change the date controversy, the station decided to celebrate one of our nation’s greatest Australian’s by dropping tracks from Flume, Courtney Barnett and The Amity Affliction.
“Here at Triple J, we understand the controversy surrounding the date of our Hottest 100. We understand the pain that our first Australians feel and this is the first step in healing that,” said the unsinkable Richard Kingsmill, Triple J‘s longstanding musical director.
The idea to broadcast the entire countdown from the Indigenous campaigner’s gravesite on the remote Murray Island in the Torres Strait came from a listener who called into the station’s controversial, but thought-provoking Hack program.
“Yeah, I called in with the idea. But I was being like completely ironic. Like I thought they knew I was making a point… a statement,” said Sydney University Law Society chair Lily-Rose Campbell-Hollowell.
“You know I really, really respect what the Mabo people did. I would never disrespect their tribe. I’m not racist. I was trying highlight the racism. Also, students should be allowed to smoke at their desks in the Fisher Library, make sure you put that in.”
The Mabo decision was monumental in recognising native title for Indigenous Australians. After Mabo’s death in 1992, the High Court of Australia overruled the legal doctrine of terra nullius in Australia.
“What Eddie Mabo did for Australia, Sticky Fingers did for Australia Street,” explained afternoon presenter Louie McKirdy.
“Remember when Gough Whitlam, the great man, poured the sand into Vincent Lingiari’s hand like fucking ages ago, like in the 70s or something? Yeah well, we’ll be pouring bangers onto the Torres Strait like we’re in a Cottees commercial.”
If successful in starting the conversation Triple J will consider broadcasting the countdown from other iconic Australian’s graves.