Australia (Whore of the World)

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"Australia (Whore of the World)"
Song by John Gordon
GenreProtest song
Songwriter(s)John Gordon

"Australia (Whore of the World)" is a climate change protest song written by singer-songwriter John Gordon and released in late 2010. The song laments Australia's mining culture – especially coal mining in Australia and coal exports – likening the country to a 'mining whore'.[1]

It has featured in a wide variety of Australian press and online media, including mining forums, and continues to garner attention due to its controversial and provocative message. Music press have hailed the song as one of the great contemporary Australian protest songs.[2] The Melbourne Age went as far as to say that Midnight Oil's 'Blue Sky Mine' has nothing on 'Australia (Whore of the World)'.[3] The song has been banned by ABC Local Radio Southern Queensland (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) as being too provocative for a conservative audience.[4] ABC Southern Queensland encompasses the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region which is the region where Gordon hails from originally and where he has performed the song at a number of anti-mining rallies. The song has however received airplay in other parts of Australia from the ABC,[5] and has been showcased on the national flagship ABC Environment website. As of May 2011, Gordon is contesting the Toowoomba ruling with the case currently before the independent ABC Consumer and Audience review board.

"Australia (Whore of the World)" was recorded using only pump organ (harmonium) and guitar as vocal accompaniment. The song was written in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia where Gordon works in music production and development.


  1. ^ "Singer Wants You To Know Nation Is A Whore". The Australian. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  2. ^ Noel Mengel (26 October 2010). "Songwriter John Gordon hopes the message in his protest song will get out there". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Land of Loose Virtue". The AGE. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ Jim Campbell (26 March 2011). "The Chronicle, Toowoomba". Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  5. ^ Brown, Bill (11 April 2011). "ABC South East NSW". Retrieved 20 May 2011.

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