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(Cairns... Far North Queensland)


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I appreciate your interest in the issues that effect not only Queenslanders, but all Australians.

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Selwyn Johnston



One person, with the support of the community, can make a difference



When the shearing sheds are silent and the stock camps fallen quiet 
When the gidgee coals no longer glow across the outback night 
And the bush is forced to hang a sign, '… gone broke and won’t be back'
And spirits fear to find a way beyond the beaten track 

When harvesters stand derelict upon the wind swept plains 
And brave hearts pin their hopes no more on chance of loving rains 
When a hundred outback settlements are ghost towns overnight 
When we've lost the drive and heart we had to once more see us right 

When 'Pioneer' means a stereo and 'Digger' some backhoe 
And the 'Outback' is behind the house… there's nowhere else to go
And 'Anzac' is a biscuit brand and probably foreign owned 
And education really means brainwashed and neatly cloned

When you have to bake a loaf of bread to make a decent crust 
And our heritage once enshrined in gold is crumbling to dust 
And old folk pay their camping fees on land for which they fought 
And fishing is a great escape; this is until you're caught 

When you see our kids with yankee caps and resentment in their eyes 
And the soaring crime and hopeless hearts is no longer a surprise 
When the name of RM Williams is a yuppie clothing brand 
Not a product of our heritage that grew off the land 

When offering a hand makes people think you'll amputate 
And two dogs meeting in the street is what you call a 'Mate' 
When 'Political Correctness' has replaced all common sense 
When you're forced to see it their way, there's no sitting on the fence 

Yes one day you might find yourself an outcast in this land 
Perhaps your heart will tell you then, '… I should have made a stand'
Just go and ask the farmers that should remove all doubt 
Then join the swelling ranks who say, '… don't sell Australia out'! 

By Chris Long

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Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870