Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Michael Moore urges Australian regime change - National -

Michael Moore urges Australian regime change - National - "'I hope that Australians who see this film will say to themselves we need some regime change here, in our country,' Moore said.
Then, his mobile phone rang. Moore looked at its screen and said: 'Oh, its John Howard!'
Later he returned to the theme of regime change, saying: 'I think the Spanish started it. They threw out their prime minister who didn't listen to the will of the people and it's my sincere hope that the Australians, the Italians, the others who joined Mr Bush in this war will also be removed by the citizens of their countries. And I hope this film helps to do that.'
Fahrenheit 9/11 opens in Australia next week. In the US it has taken $US60 million ($A84 million), breaking all records for a documentary.
Moore is unlikely to visit Australia to promote the film. 'We have an election coming up here, and we decided that every day spent outside the US was a day away from our mission,' he said. 'I hope that people understand that our priority had to be focusing on what's happening here, so we can do our best to remove Mr Bush from the White House.'
Moore was asked about the Bush Administration's reaction to his film and whether he had received any threats. 'As far as threats, I don't know of any. So far, I seem to be OK. Actually, that will be a great soundbite for you when they find me floating in the river next week.'"

By Caroline Overington
New York correspondent


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