The Blackfella/Whitefella tour ignited Midnight Oil's passion for Aborigine rights and influenced the entire Dust and Diesel
album. Jim Moginie, the band's guitarist/keyboardist and lead songwriter, explained to Identity Theory
: "We observed as young, white Australians the conditions out there, the poverty, the petrol sniffing, the health problems, the art, the deep culture, the dispossession, the respect the concept of family has, the great sense of humor and strength of the people, the natural beauty, all mixed up into a radicalizing experience. We wrote about our impressions on the Diesel
record, which came out the next year. There was a definite snowball effect."