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Australia Day 2015: Advance Australia Fair?

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A different rewrite by another (unknown) author

AUSTRALIA DAY 2015

ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR?

Australians let us all despair

No longer young or free

With golden soil and wealth for toil

We’d rather watch TV.

Our land abounds in nature’s gifts

Of beauty, rich and rare

But History’s page shows every stage

Australia is unfair.

In mournful tones then let us sing

“Australia is unfair”.

 

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross

We close our hearts and hands.

We make this Commonwealth of ours

A shame in all the lands.

For those who’ve come across the seas

We’ve only jails to share.

Where’s courage when we all combine

To make ourselves unfair?

In mournful tones then let us sing

“Australia is unfair”.

 

Australian folk let us complain

For we are poor and weak.

The Coalition of the rich

Has stitched us up a trick.

Our land abounds in greedy banks

And retail profiteers;

Screwed up from birth for all our worth

We drown ourselves in beer.

In mournful tones then let us sing

“Australia is unfair”

 

Equality was once our strength

Our health was good and free.

Now education costs too much

We have no parity.

Our youths despair of getting jobs;

Our future seems unsure;

Evading tax, polluting air

It seems we do not care.

In mournful tones then let us sing

“Australia is unfair”.

 

(Copyright Ian and Helen Bersten)

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