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Tuesday, 28 June 1994
Page: 2081

Senator TAMBLING (3.18 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Gareth Evans), to a question without notice asked by Senator Childs this day, relating to the Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia.

It is important that we note not only the concerns of members of parliament and senators regarding the Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia, but also the views and opinions of our constituents. This matter has received a lot of media attention. As an invitation to that, a constituent of mine in the Northern Territory, who has a rather good wit and is good at poetry, recently wrote a poem on this specific issue. He sent it to the Tennant and District Times at Tennant Creek, which forwarded it to me. It is entitled Stay Away and is written by Mr Graham Watson of Borroloola in the Northern Territory. It states:

Of things political I sit and think,

In Keatings `arse end of the earth'.

What a useless scumbag I must be,

A citizen of dubious worth.

I'm not European nor Asian nor Yank.

Just a poor bloody Aussie I am.

What chance have I got with me Government boss,

Who'd rather I came from Japan.

What's even worse, I live in the North,

Near Darwin that terrible place,

Which Keating would rather fly way above,

On his way to another disgrace.

Where he'll denigrate me and me Aussie mates,

And me flag and me way of life.

In some other land where he'll strut around,

With Republican talk running rife.

I don't even care who rules this land,

As long as they're honest and just.

And to call this country a country they love,

Is a patent political must.

Stay overseas my Government boss,

Buy your clocks and your suits at will.

But leave me and me mates to live out our lives,

As your unrepresented swill.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I make the observation that unparliamentary language of the type just quoted does not become sanitised simply because it comes in the way of a quote. I do not say that by way of criticism, but it is an observation that we all ought to keep before us.