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The Age, David Rood: Punk message sings independent's praises

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The Age, Prodos Marinakis for Albert Park by-election

Here is the article by David Rood of The Age which appeared on Saturday, September 08 on page 13 ...

Punk message sings independent's praises
By David Rood, The Age

David Rood, The Age, Prodos Marinakis for Albert ParkIT'S hard to imagine Premier John Brumby thrashing away at a Linkin Park track or Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu growling out a Slipknot tune. Enter Prodos Marinakis, independent Liberal candidate for Albert Park.

As part of his byelection campaign, the Liberal Party member has penned a punk metal tune setting out his agenda.

With the Liberal Party having surrendered the seat by deciding not to run a candidate, Campaign Song #2 asks voters who they should chose for liberal values.

So what does that mean?
Is it red or green?
This "independent" voice
Sounds like a crazy dream.
No! It's Prodos
Prodos Marinakis
Prodos, Prodos
A creative spark.

The 48-year-old Richmond resident said the song "captures what I feel about today's politics, it's so full of crap, pretension, compromise and appeasement. That's why politicians have such a low reputation."

Another campaign ditty is sung to the tune of the Marines' Hymn, perhaps better known as the Adelaide Crows theme song.

"I respect your wealth and enterprise," he sings, "And promise to be honest and true."

Mr Marinakis describes himself as a songwriter and activist and is working on a musical fairytale about "invention, liberty and capitalism" called Barboolabong.

He has been a Liberal Party member for four years and is secretary of the party's Richmond South branch.

With the Liberals having registered a primary vote of almost 35 per cent at last November's state election, Mr Marinakis criticised his party for not running a candidate, saying Liberal voters had told him they were angry.

"Politics is not a business where you weigh up the money involved and the energy and resources," he said. "Politics and elections are war, and with a war you fight. You fight with everything you've got."

Mr Marinakis says he is against Port Phillip Bay channel deepening and the Albert Park Grand Prix on free market grounds.