Bernardi’s ‘playlist’ hits wrong notes with stars
Australian music stars have hit out at the Australian Conservatives after the political party attempted to create its own song list to replace Triple J's Australia Day Hottest 100.
Party leader Senator Cory Bernardi launched the "Australian Conservatives 100" on Twitter on Wednesday and invited people to vote for their favourite tunes from a selection of songs.
The results, he announced, would then form an online music playlist for users on Australia Day.
However, when pop superstar Darren Hayes, 45, and SA's own Hilltop Hoods discovered their hits were among the selected songs, they took to Twitter to air their disgust.
"Hi @CoryBernadi (sic) and @AuConservatives. I do not want to be associated with you, your party or your views," said Hayes, one half of the former supergroup Savage Garden.
"Remove my music from this stunt or expect contact from my publisher @SonyATV." Adelaide Hills Hip-hop band the Hilltop Hoods also posted: "Go f*** yourself @corybernardi".
But Senator Bernardi was unrepentant on Wednesday night.
"Get over yourself @darrenhayes. Music is for everyone," he posted.
The tweet prompted even more backlash, with scores of people throwing their support behind the musicians.
"Does copyright only matter to you if it involves you, Cory?," one person wrote.
Another Tweeted: "Does this mean the Australian Conservatives support torrent websites? What's your policy on copyright laws?"