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Cairns artists call for Abbott’s head

Madeleine Dore

A group of musicians are using art as protest and controversially calling for the beheading of Tony Abbott.
Cairns artists call for Abbott’s head

Musicians have used song as a means of protest to the Abbott Government's 'bleak and sterile environment', donating their time to compose Down the Abbott Hole.

Just hours after its release, the song is being streamed online and played by radio stations across the country. Down the Abbott Hole is performed and composed by Cairns artist Zelda Grimshaw, with contributions by drummer and recording engineer Nigel Pegrum, and saxophonists Andree Baudet and Ruedi Homberger.

The artists hope the song will inspire other Australians to voice their dissent, and ultimately escape the ‘Abbott Hole’ in which 'fear reigns over logic, and the atmosphere is "cold as ice, black as coal".'

In a statement Grimshaw said, 'Economically, environmentally, and in terms of social equality, Tony’s cronies have plunged us all into a dark age.'

The candid lyrics of Down the Abbott Hole describe "Abbott Hole":


We're down the Abbott Hole
Where nothing good can grow
Down here in the Abbott Hole

I can't breathe in here
They've poisoned the atmosphere
All i can taste is fear
I want to get out
Of this 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'

Grimshaw points to the misplaced focus of the current government as a core contributor to this dissent, '[The 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’.

With song lyrics 'I'll be the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and his Hat,' through the medium of song, Grimshaw is prepared to be a 'voice for the majority'.

'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!'

The song concludes with Grimshaw repeating 'Off with his head!'... and we will be free of this Abbott hole!'

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of the interview project Extraordinary Routines. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub and dedicated to communities that encourage entrepreneurial and artistic careers. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator