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We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

With a tag line: ‘Dear United Kingdom, Your besties across the ocean are calling. Love, Your mates in Australia…’ a new tourism campaign to entice tourists to the entire country, features a hefty swatch of Byron Bay and the Byron Shire.

Screenshot of Kylie in the opening scene of the clip.

Locals on a Byron centric Facebook page have a varied opinion on the clip – everything from: ‘It’s about promoting Australia to Brexit refugees’, to ‘Pot hole paradise, over-priced shops and a mad man dancing with a plastic pineapple and banana!’

The clips shows ‘Aussie’ Kylie Minogue performing a Matesong with lyrics and music by Eddie Perfect.

The clip also has cameos by Australian locals, chefs, sportsfolk and celebs including Adam Hills, Andy Saunders, Ash Barty, Darren Robertson, Ian Thorpe, Jeff Bennett, Zac Stenmark, Kevin Kropinyeri, Magdalena Roze, Indigenous Elders from the Mutitjulu Community, Reggie and Cassidy at Uluru, Sean Choolburra and Shane Warne.

Kylie magically appears in Australia.

The song begins with a reference to Brexit, ‘This year’s been tough and confusing. But progress is moving… At glacial pace, and is basically telling the British that everyone in Australia is their mate, we’re the same, but different, so come over for a holiday, ‘all of Australia loves you… So throw in the towel. You can use one of ours. We speak your language (Except for the vowels)… Calling all Poms. Keep Calm Carry On…

Though many of the viewers thought the clip was everything from ‘awful’ to ’embarrassing’, one thing everyone seemed to agree on was the cuteness of the quokka – you’ll have to watch it to see him.

But one Facebooker had a positive take on the clip: ‘You lot sound like a bunch of whinging Pom’s!! Jesus cheer up and stop taking yourselves so seriously… it’s obviously tongue in cheek… get over yourselves… it’s not yours to share anyway… it’s everyone’s..…’


We’re wingmen and women it seems.

Song Lyrics

This year’s been tough and confusing
But progress is moving…
At glacial pace
But all of Australia loves you
And we’ll never judge you
You just need some space
When you need an end to what ails ya
Call on your friends in Australia
A pal to rely on
A shoulder to cry on
In Australia

We can turn off the news
You can kick off your shoes
We’ll play backyard cricket
Get ready to lose
So throw in the towel
You can use one of ours
We speak your language
Except for the vowels

Yes we know you love your fish n’ chips and your curries
But hey, that’s no worries
Good grub’s guaranteed
Negotiating tricky trade deals is a shocker
But look there’s a quokka!
And that’s what you need
A quokka is literally what you need!

Glorious United Kingdom
Lean on your wingmen and women
We’ll clear your head
Have a sausage in bread
We’ll go to the beach
Then we’ll tuck you in bed

Don’t bite your nails to the cuticles
Hang with impressive marsupials
Helping a mate
Is a national trait
In Australia!

Yes, when everything’s a test
Call your besties across the ocean
Sisters and Brothers
We know you think you’re above us
But deep down you love us
You just repress emotion

But we’ll put you right
Have another flat white!
Go grab your cosies
You’re Aussies tonight!

Calling all Poms
Keep Calm Carry On
In Austra—-li—-a!
See ya soon then, yeah?

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  1. An add appealing to the English bogan by an Aussie bogan – right up there with Sylvania Waters!
    Don’t we have so much more to offer in this exquisite country – so Very embarrassing on every level

  2. BAD TIMING. What about importing Fire fighters to aid the country? This is SO inappropriate. Celebrate Ecocide and potentially genocide of sentient beings! All the more revolting when we think of Pastor Scumo our Prime Minister inviting all of his Cronies to watch the Fireworks from Kirriibilli House whilst the great heart of the volunteer Fire Fighters continues to save lives and abodes! Awaken Australia to the real politics that govern this country. A bunch of greedy Coal loving Cronies who are gaining profit by further exploiting our Planet and the rights of First Nation Peoples in Australia. Exporting the toxic coals to other countries who will not doubt inherit the same burning fate. Cronies love of $$$$ is supported by right wing think tanks. No wonder PM Scumo speaks in tongues and hides behind God. I am so proud of Civil Society rising up and showing the real heart of Australia. Everyday folk who have lost so much and yet continue giving from the heart.

    Australia was an embarrassment at the recent Climate Change Conference in Madrid. The Planet deserves better as we now witness the evidence that Science has been predicting for over 50 years. Rise up folk.

    • Wow !
      You tell it like it is Jo. It is so good to hear other people have a handle of the real situation, as sometimes it seems the public are swallowing the lies coming out of Canberra and their propaganda wing, Murdoch press.
      In face of the destruction of the planet , I must say the “rights of First Nation Peoples in Australia. ” is not only totally irrelevent, but just another racist attitude designed to divide any response to the new global age, the Necrocene.
      Cheers G”)

  3. I support what Jo Faith said, its a funny time to promote tourism but I guess we have to cover up the $28M ,philausophy one as quickly as pissible

  4. whinge whinge whinge, wine wine wine, you people make me cringe. I love Australia, I love the country I live in. I love Byron shire that I live in. I don’t speak for other people or adds I don’t have anything to do with. I don’t disrespect politicians or famous people.I live love and enjoy. try it.


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