“Budget Reply (Hey Joe)”: A song to bust the budget to be released, Monday, June 23

“Budget Reply (Hey Joe)” by Les Thomas is Australia’s first musical response to Joe Hockey’s deeply unpopular 2014 Budget. The song is a direct and witty protest against cuts targeted at the young, the unemployed, the elderly, Indigenous programs, Medicare, education, science and the environment, all with a catchy earworm of a chorus. The release is especially timely with polls showing three out of four Australians feel they will be

Hey Joe, don’t you know? You’re gonna hear our budget reply!

Last Sunday saw the first large protests against Joe Hockey’s disgraceful first (and hopefully last) budget and I was very happy to be able to perform “Budget Reply” which was written the day after the budget was delivered. Of course, no one that I know expected kindness from the Abbott government, as they’d been making a huge amount of noise into the lead up, but the aggression of stripping social