David Campbell has jumped to Anthony Albanese’s defense to set the record straight on what really happened when the Labor leader appeared on stage at the Byron Bay Bluesfest.
The Opposition Leader ended a week-long election campaign he would rather forget on Sunday night when his surprise performance at a much-loved music festival in northern NSW sparked mixed reactions from the crowd.
Mr Albanese was on stage to introduce Campbell’s father, Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes, who was the main act.
He was initially met with deafening boos before he won the crowd by promising a funding boost for the arts sector if he was elected Prime Minister on May 21.
The next day, Barnes wanted to set the record straight about the welcome Mr Albanese received on stage through his son, the host of the Today Extra.
Anthony Albanese received a rock star welcome from music fans when he arrived at the Byron Bay Bluesfest on Sunday night
“Just spoke to my dad about Albo at #bluesfest and he wanted to clear things up,” Campbell tweeted Monday.
‘Albo was definitely a guest on the show and definitely NOT a crusher. Albo was invited and welcomed because he had an arts policy that was in line with what my father thought the entertainment sector of this country needed.
The booing was because the band was on stage, the audience pumped and ready to rock. When ‘Working Class Men’ was announced, Albo entered. Classic switch. There was some jeers but more cheers.’
Barnes points out that most acts of support are scorned, as most politicians do at these events.
‘From where he stands – Albo did really well with the crowd,’ continued Campbell.
‘Most importantly, he told me, after Albo left the stage the show was huge and everyone had the best night. Which, when you are at BluesFest, after two years of cancellation, is the most important result!’
Barnes’ recollections of events are supported by businesswoman and former editor of Marina Go magazine.
“I was in the audience of Jimmy Barnes at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and this is consistent with what I have seen and heard,” he tweeted.
Mr Albanese initially came on stage to ridicule from revelers in the crowd at the Byron Bay Bluesfest
The Labor leader initially received a rock star welcome and rave reviews from fans when he arrived at the festival with partner Jodie Haydon.
The stage announcer then introduced Mr Albanese as ‘a man who represents the working class’ as he asked festival-goers to give the Labor leader a ‘world-class welcome’.
Albanese approached the stage to boo, telling the audience it was ‘very nice to be at Bluesfest’.
He later recognized the traditional owner of the land in Byron Bay.
‘I started by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land where we met, paying respects to the elders past and present and what we want is to recognize First Nations people in our constitution.’
The condemnation from the revelers finally died down before erupting into applause and cheers when the Albanese hinted at art funding if his party was elected to government and he brought Barnes on stage.
‘Australians have been extraordinary over the last few years, and what we want is a government that supports the arts sector. So ladies and gentlemen, welcome Jimmy Barnes!’
Australian acting legends Midnight Oil Paul Kelly and Crowded House also performed at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, returning after a three-year absence due to Covid-19.
Anthony Albanese’s performance on stage was met with deafening boos but soon won over music fans when he pledged funds for the arts if elected to power.
Public support for Albanese has plummeted in the past week after several election mistakes.
A surprising new poll reveals support for the Labor Party has fallen four points from 38 percent as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s popularity regains momentum.
Key support for the Coalition government rose one percent by 35 percent as Morrison’s personal approval surged.
He has reclaimed leadership from Albanese as Australia’s prime minister of choice and has seen his popularity rise two cents in the past two weeks to 38 per cent.
Albanese’s popularity has fallen from 37 percent to 30 percent following a series of mistakes in recent days and now has five weeks left to change voters’ minds.
Up to 27 percent of voters surveyed admit they have no commitment about who they will vote for on May 21, an increase of six percent from two weeks ago.
Rock legend Jimmy Barnes (pictured performing at the Byron Bay Bluesfest) said there was more to cheers than jeers for Anthony Alabanese
The latest poll conducted by the newspaper Resolve Strategic for Nine surveyed more than 1,404 voters.
“Every trend followed the Coalition in this latest poll – votes, leadership, policies, performance – so voters judged that the government won the first week of the campaign,” said Resolve director Jim Reed.
‘The election call has moved voters from valuing government tenure to being a choice between parties and in particular their leaders. It was a disservice to the Alba people to stumble upon critical issues at the time.’
About 44 percent of voters surveyed believe that Morrison is doing a good job as Prime Minister while 47 percent rate his performance as poor.
Its performance rating of minus 3 points is a significant improvement from minus 14 recorded two weeks ago.
Jimmy Barnes wants to set the record straight as he remembers what happened to his son David Campbell, a morning TV presenter
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s popularity rose again as he and his wife Jenny greeted children at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead
When asked about the opposition leader, 35 percent said Albanese did a good job while 44 percent rated it poor, which saw its net rating drop from minus four points to minus nine.
It’s been a week of embarrassing mistakes for Mr Albanese in the first seven days on the campaign trail.
The campaign got off to a bad start last Monday when Albanese admitted to reporters that he didn’t know the current unemployment or the Reserve Bank’s cash rate.
Days later, he was forced to clarify that the offshore immigration center would still exist after he had previously stated he would refuse people-smuggling boats.
Albanese suffered another election blunder on Monday when he could not say how many nurses were needed to fulfill his election promise of 50 emergency care clinics across Australia.