THE record - which, in the internet age, means Wikipedia - shows that the rock star Angry Anderson reached his musical peak in 1987, when his hit single Suddenly was released.
As patriots will recall, it was the soundtrack for Scott and Charlene's wedding in Neighbours, and hence defined the very essence of Australian romance for many years thereafter.
But anyone who thought Angry's best days were behind him were not present at yesterday's anti-carbon tax rally, which he fronted with the kind of good humour and gusto Harold Bishop always brought to his tuba practice.
The rally, in front of Parliament House, was a reprise of the controversial March gathering, at which the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, was criticised for appearing with signs labelling Prime Minister Julia Gillard a ''bitch''. Abbott did make a speech and the crowd chanted his name like it was the '80s and he was a member of Rose Tattoo. But his speech was considerably shorter than last time, and he made a point of saying: ''I can see a lot of signs. Some signs I agree with, some signs I don't necessarily agree with.''
But aside from a scuffle between rally organisers and the bearer of a ''Ditch the Witch'' sign (the rally organisers wanted him gone, he argued that Gillard was a witch and was therefore entitled to stay), the atmosphere was temperate.
The sun shone, so brightly that Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce had to bring out his signature visor, and the majority of the protesters were good-humoured and respectful.
The atmosphere was less so inside Parliament, where 1100 paying guests attended a National Marriage Day function in the Great Hall.
If these citizens have anything to do with it, same sex couples will never saunter down the aisle of a church to the strains of Suddenly, or indeed any Aussie rock ballad.
The keynote speaker was American commentator Rebecca Hagelin, who told the crowd that the legalisation of gay marriage would pave the way for all sorts of crazy antics nuptials-wise, including polygamy and legal unions between paedophiles and children.
Never far away from the scene of any enormous leap of logic, independent MP Bob Katter also addressed the crowd.
He harked back to a simpler time when ''gay'' was a descriptor of mood rather than sexuality. ''Nobody has the right to take that word off us!'' he cried, before auctioning his distinctive cowboy hat, for an indiscernible purpose. It fetched $2700.
Welcome to the spring session of our 43rd Parliament.