North Australia [poem, 19 June 1931]

North Australia

This is the land of the down and out
Where hungry men carry swags —
Past stations owned by London Jews —
With empty tucker bags.
This is the land where crawlers crawl
Where no matter if you are just a botch
A job will always be kept for you
If you give the boss a watch
Take this advice if looking for work,
“Keep well away from here,”
Unless you are prepared to fall in line
And keep the “heads” in beer

— “Red Beard.”



Source:
The Northern Standard (Darwin, NT), Friday 19 June 1931, page 4 [the paper of the North Australian Workers’ Union]

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