“Down The Abbott Hole”
By Zelda Grimshaw
A group of musicians in Cairns, Queensland, have released a song controversially calling for the head of Tony Abbott.
“Down the Abbott Hole” refers to Abbott’s Australia as a bleak and sterile environment, in which fear reigns over logic, and the atmosphere is “cold as ice, black as coal”. The song can be streamed online and was being played by radio stations all over the country just hours after its release.
“Down the Abbott Hole” was composed and performed by Cairns artist Zelda Grimshaw, with contributions by drummer/recording engineer Nigel Pegrum, and saxophonists Andree Baudet and Ruedi Homberger. All artists donated their time to produce the song, which they hope will inspire other Australians to voice their dissent, and ultimately escape the “Abbott Hole”.
Grimshaw said: “We speak for millions of Australians in saying that Tony Abbott is a national embarrassment, and an environmental disaster.
“Since Australia fell down the Abbott hole, we have become the first nation in the world to overturn our climate change policies. Refugees are treated as though they are the very terrorists they are escaping from, and human rights are being trampled on in the name of ‘security’.
“Indigenous Australians, sole parents, gay and lesbian people, the elderly, artists, students ― most of the population, in fact ― are meanwhile feeling less and less secure.
“Economically, environmentally, and in terms of social equality, Tony’s cronies have plunged us all into a dark age. The current government are so focused on their alleged ‘budget emergency’ they seem blind to the very real climate emergency we are facing. Pandering to the needs of mining magnates is not the same as ‘good financial management’.
“We need to see a parliament that governs for the majority, and that governs for the future. Perhaps Tony Abbott and his hard line Catholic ministers are looking forward to an apocalypse, but most Australians want to see a move to renewable energy, and a chance for continued human habitation on earth.
“In the 21st century, it is not credible to claim that ‘science is not conclusive’. Abbott’s government is either delusional or guilty of a dangerous level of deceit. Bring on the double dissolution!”