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Old school memories

April 16, 2017 - 21:28 -- Admin

I went past my old school today
Saint John Vianney is its name
On that first day
59 years ago,
I ran away
I should have kept going

I remember the beatings, of others mainly
The angry nuns, the shouting
The fear of God,
Beaten in, always beaten in
With stories and the rod

Oh we can’t tax the rich

April 7, 2017 - 09:02 -- Admin

This is a poem/song from my recently published book of poetry Songs for the Band Unformed. I was prompted to post it in response to the Turnbull government winning $24 bn worth of cuts to company tax (with the Government hoping for $26 bn more of cuts) by doing deals with the cross bench of Xenophon and Hanson, among others.

Martin Hirst on rejoining the Canberra Press Gallery

April 2, 2017 - 11:05 -- Admin

As Martin Hirst says, among other things, in his wonderful article on rejoining the Canberra Press Gallery:

‘If I’m going back to Canberra, back to the Press Gallery and back into that depressing pit of ego, subterfuge and sucking up that is our Federal Parliament, I’m doing it for only one reason: To expose what goes on behind the curtain; not to be complicit in ensuring only the approved messages and approved images get past the gate-keepers.