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Angry Anderson's opinions on youth violence

Shane McLeod reported this story on Monday, March 1, 2010 12:46:00

ELEANOR HALL: It's been an "angry" morning at a Parliamentary Committee hearing in Sydney - thanks
to the presence of a former rock star. "Angry" Anderson or more formally, Gary Anderson, has been
sharing his views at a hearing on youth violence.

The committee is investigating concerns about an increase in violence among young people, and the
influence of drugs, alcohol and bullying and as Shane McLeod reports, the former Rose Tattoo front
man expressed some strong opinions on the role of the education system in dealing with the problem.

SHANE MCLEOD: The House of Representatives committee has been investigating the impact of violence
on young Australians since last year and the inquiry's chairwoman Annette Ellis says it's ended up
being a thorough look at the problem.

ANNETTE ELLIS: I have to say that it is taking us everywhere. I am not surprised by that. The task
for us as a committee will be at the end of this hearing process to then draw all of that in to
some carefully thought-out document that is going to be useful for government and for legislators
but it is taking us everywhere I have to say. Every aspect of young life.

SHANE MCLEOD: In recent weeks the committee has been following up more than 60 submissions with
public hearings. Last month it was in Melbourne, hearing from a range of young people in a forum as
well as community figures. Today in Sydney it's been hearing from a witness who believes he has
some special insight.

ANGRY ANDERSON: My full name is Gary Stephen Anderson. I am an entertainer in most people's
estimation.

(Laughter)

And my age, did you say?

ANNETTE ELLIS: No.

ANGRY ANDERSON: No, good. Okay, fine.

SHANE MCLEOD: Gary Anderson is better known as Angry Anderson - and as well as his musical career,
both as a solo artist and front man for hard rock group Rose Tattoo, he's become well known for his
support of young people through community groups and projects.

ANGRY ANDERSON: I take these proceedings and of course, this very house, very, very, very seriously
and I, without getting into a ramble about politics, I understand that what this room and what this
hearing represents and hopefully as I said before in casual conversation, this does lead to a
purposeful step forward.

SHANE MCLEOD: Angry Anderson believes the recent stabbing of a 12 year old at a Brisbane school
should be a call to action.

ANGRY ANDERSON: Can we afford to ignore when a 12 year old stabs to death another 12 year old in a
school and as a society I cannot, well, yes I can actually that is an expression we often use when
we don't really actually mean what we say but when I say I cannot believe that we have come this
far, of course I can because sometimes quite tragically it takes to the very last desperate moment
before anything is actually done.

SHANE MCLEOD: And a man known for a rambunctious rock career believes a few simple standards would
go some way to dealing with the problems.

ANGRY ANDERSON: Like when people come to my place and I have got 17 year olds to late 20 year olds
come in there for parties, we are a great party house apparently but that is not because there is
no rules, that is because there is rules.

People walk through the door and go "G'day Angry" and I go "That is Mr Angry to you". If they are
going to be that familiar on first meeting, even on 10th meeting that they will address me by my
nickname then it is Mr and it is Mr Anderson.

And some of them take great delight and you can hear it in their voice. They go "G'day Mr Anderson"
and there is that infliction and you know that they are not ridiculing you. You know they are
belittling you. In fact, I feel that they take great delight in it. That someone actually asks them
to address them by their correct title - Mr.

SHANE MCLEOD: Angry Anderson knows he's no angel but he wonders why some policies have been allowed
to take root. He says it's time for government to act.

ANGRY ANDERSON: Why, I know I am going to sound like a wowser and I make no apologies for that. I
have been a drinker all my life. My dependency on alcohol is well documented. Why do pubs need to
be open til 4 o'clock in the morning? Nobody can justify this to me and if they are only open to 2
o'clock what happens to the people that go to them until 2 o'clock? They go home.

SHANE MCLEOD: The committee is holding more public hearings over coming weeks and hopes to release
its report later this year.

ELEANOR HALL: Shane McLeod reporting.