Kev Carmody Has Some Words For 3AW’s Tom Elliott -

Kev Carmody performs at the Zoo Twilight Series Melbourne Zoo on Saturday 28 January 2017.

Kev Carmody Has Some Words For 3AW’s Tom Elliott

by Paul Cashmere on August 17, 2020

in News,Noise Pro

3AW’s drivetime presenter Tom Elliott is not known for his sensitivity to our First Australians. In fact, his rhetoric often borders on full-blown racism.

Here is an exact quote of an Elliott comment broadcast on 3AW originally broadcast on June 29, 2017, still available as a podcast on June 29, 2020 and recently edited to remove this insensitive statement. (I have kept copies of the both the unedited edition from downloaded June 30, 2020 and the edited version downloaded today 17 August, 2020) . Elliott’s exact words were … “We don’t really know what happened to the stolen generation. For example, there is some evidence to suggest that mixed raced children were not wanted by aboriginal tribes and given away”.

I put that quote to Indigenous music legend Kev Carmody who told, “Tell him to listen to Archie Roach, that phenomenal song ‘They Took The Children Away’. That’s just down from where he is broadcasting, Framlingham, Victoria. There were so many people taken away. It’s been a big hidden thing. Also the massacres that happened in this country. My old grandfather, he came from Cape York, crocodile country. He used to tell us about the times the station owners were shooting them. When you look at that fellow from 3AW, everyone is going on with Mr Trump about fake news, but that’s all those fellows are broadcasting”.

I also put an official complaint to 3AW under the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice. Despite the comment still available to be streamed on the 3AW website (at the time of the complaint dated June 30, 2020) it was disregarded because according to the 3AW Complaints Response Team “to be valid under the Code the complaint must be received within 30 days of the relevant broadcast” and “a complainant must have heard the relevant broadcast live on radio within Australia on the Station. Your complaint cites a podcast link, which indicates that you heard the broadcast on the internet”.

That may be a legal obligation. It is certainly not a moral obligation.

My complaint on June 30, 2020 was sparked because another insensitive Elliott comment on 29 June, 2020. While talking about the Australian government’s Jobkeeper and Jobseeker program Elliott diverted the topic to yet another racial slur against the indigenous community inferring Jobseeker (what was once called The Dole) “in the indigenous community they refer to it as sit-down money. If you have too much welfare people don’t have the incentive to get off their backside and do things”. For starters the topic was about government assistance in Covid times yet Elliott still somehow managed to sway the topic and belittle indigenous Australians.

Kev Carmody says that racism presented as editorial by the likes of the Tom Elliott’s needs to stop. “We’ve just got to change that concept of them being in-charge of mainstream radio,” Kev said. “The advertisers can stop that stuff. That’s what it comes to. It’s like Rio Tinto blowing up the sacred place in Western Australia. It’s the shareholders and it’s the advertisers. They can stop it and unless they do, they are supporting it. We can work through the advertisers”.

Unfortunately, 3AW can turn a blind eye to racism when a legal out clause lets them off the hook but the public can react to their lack of morals. “Let’s get onto this 3AW fellow,” Kev said. “We won’t worry about him (Elliott) because he is a DH. We’ll get to the people who advertise on that radio station and say “right, you’ve got to do something about this”.

For the record, both the ‘stolen generation’ and the ‘sit-down money’ statements were broadcast on radio in Australia and the broadcasts later uploaded as podcasts.

Both occurred on June 29. One in 2020, one in 2017. The 2017 was incorrectly linked to the 2020 date after the 2020 show which was how I found it. Inexplicably, Elliott made both racial slurs on June 29 three years to the day apart in the same hour of his show. However, insensitive Indigenous comments occur often in his program.

The June 29, 2020 comment about sit-down money can be heard 1:24:00 in:

The original June 29, 2017 comment about the stolen generation has since had the offensive comment edited out but Noise11 downloaded the original podcast and has the original voice grab. A very obvious edit can be heard here at 1:16:14 after Elliott says the school has done a stupid thing.

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Related Posts

Russell Morris The Real Thing Symphonic Concert
Darren James To Premiere Russell Morris and Orchestra ‘The Real Thing’

Less than two weeks after Russell Morris’ historic symphonic performances at the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall Melbourne, the world premiere of the classic ‘The Real Thing’ will be heard with Darren James on Melbourne radio station 3AW Saturday 15 July after 11am.

July 14, 2023
John Schumann of Redgum, music news,
John Schumann, Billy Pinnell Receive Australia Day Honours

Redgum’s John Schumann and radio legend Billy Pinnell have received Australia Day Honours.

January 26, 2022
Dr Sally Cockburn
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton Signals A Return To Live Performances

Professor Brett Sutton, the Chief Medical Officer for Victoria, has signalled a return to normality for the music industry by October if all goes to plan.

June 8, 2020
Talking Lifestyle
Macquarie Radio Dumps Talking Lifestyle For All-Sport Format

Macquarie Radio will discontinue its failed talking Lifestyle format as of March 30.

March 2, 2018
Bruce Mansfield
R.I.P. Australian Radio Legend Bruce Mansfield 1944-2016

Australian radio legend Bruce Mansfield has lost his battle with Prostate Cancer at age 71.

April 17, 2016
triple j, Noise11, photo
Rich Kid, Shock Jock Tom Elliott Attacks Triple J And The ABC

Tom Elliott, the son of right-winged Liberal bulldog John Elliott, has made ridiculous comments about Triple J and the ABC on this conservative radio program for Melbourne station 3AW.

August 30, 2015
Josh Groban performs an intimate show at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne on Friday 24 July 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Josh Groban Plays His Smallest Ever Gig In Melbourne

Josh Groban took ‘intimate mode’ to its literal meaning when he performed for 200 fans at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel on Friday evening.

July 26, 2015