UNDER Julia Gillard’s new budget Australia is now scheduled to spend the smallest share of its national wealth on defence since the time of the Munich crisis in 1938 when the Western powers agreed to Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
- The Australian 12th May 2012.
They flew me home from Baghdad with shrapnel in my back,
But I think at least it’s better than arriving in a sack,
My doctor’s not an Aussie and he’s mighty unimpressed.
It’s like I’m just a stupid thug who’s come off second best.
They want us all to proudly show the Aussie flag out there,
But when you’ve landed back at home, will the mob in Canberra care?
Some stranger in the next bed says, “Don’t you feel no shame?
You kill my Muslim brothers!”; so it’s me that get’s the blame!
An’ then a lefty ups and says, “Who are you fightin’ for?
It sure ain’t for Australia, it’s all for oil, this war!”
When I left I was a hero from Australia’s glorious past.
Now Swan’s economising, and morale is sinking fast.
I’m taken to court martial if my hand goes up a skirt,
And my culture is derided and I’m made to feel like dirt,
In Australia’s PC army I have got to know my place,
But they let me have my head when there’s terrorists to chase.
Then at budget time they tell us that “We have to watch the pence”;
And bold as brass on TV say, “We spare them no expense.”
I’ll tell you when they’ll do me proud and pull out all the stops,
It’s when I land in Sydney in a bloody wooden box.