Bali has long been a haven and refuge for millions of Australians who have visited it over the years. Michael and his family have regularly taken solace there. Kell, Susie and Tiger recently took a holiday in Bali. Kylie was there at the same time. How hideous it is that evil people in the name of who knows what twisted cause, can so quickly turn a paradise on earth into a living hell. The agony of losing loved ones, the pain of sustaining horrific injuries, the deep trauma of experiencing such a violent and devastating act will be cemented in the memories of many Australians for a long time to come. We at www.michaelhutchence.org including Kell and Susie Hutchence, Mario and Jacqui Ferrari, and Dennis Patterson wish to extend on behalf of all of Michael’s family, friends and fans, our deepest sympathy and heart-felt prayers to all of those thousands of people who have been directly and indirectly grieved by the Bali bombings. We know that over 80% of casualties and fatalities were Australians, but people from all over the world lost their precious lives that day.
Michael’s concerns for peace in the region can be dated back to the East Timor struggles of the early 80’s. He and Richard Lowenstein even had a protest poster displayed in the house as a back drop in the film “Dogs in Space”. How the world is changing and how the frequent words of Michael Hutchence ring loud and clear. More than ever it is time to pray for “Love and Peace” to prevail over hatred and war.