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Inner-city Australia won't be silenced on coal

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27.05.2019

The trumpeter resembled a young Brad Pitt, the banjo player had the soft beard of a hip 20-something and along with the standing double-bass player the trio projected the air of conservatorium graduates who were passionate about their music and expert on their instruments.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer.

The tunes were jazz standards and 20th-century Americana – Basin Street Blues and a raggy and ironical take on If I Only Had a Brain from The Wizard of Oz.

The stage was a field along one of Melbourne's urban creeklands, a city farm with a weekend market, $4 coffees, artisan pastries, organic fruit and veg and, in the background, people weed dating among the rows of swiss chard and silverbeet.

There were young families with free-range kids and older couples and way too much polar fleece and flannel; if they'd set up a........

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