“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”. Edmund Burke


Prosper and “bring the boats” I couldn’t help myself, I laughed at the irony

How an Australia was built on the blood, sweat and tears

Of the immigrant… who came here by…yes… a boat!

The fact that each white man standing on this soil was the product of migrants

Far from indigenous we were brought here on… you guessed it… boats

And so once we sang “bring the boats”

Yet now…now when the world reaches out for help we boat people say… “stop the boats”

As if somehow we own this soil we walk upon

As if we asked permission to come ashore

As if we branded our ownership on to the land

As if we’ve forgotten who the traditional owners are

As if we have some right to not allow other people their basic human rights

To live in peace, safety, free of tyranny and torture

As if we are somehow better than the rest of the world

As if we can have this attitude and then refute the fact that we are being racist

As if we are protecting our children

When all we’re doing is teaching them how to fear and hate

As if we are being swamped by anyone

As if this is good for humanity

As if this is good for peace




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