Phil Smith

Rookie - 47 Points (2nd July 1954 / Donald Victoria Australia)

Colouring Australia - Poem by Phil Smith

There was a big sign
Until the seventies
On Australia's borders
Saying Whites Only

Brown people were white
Italians Arabs Indians
All allowed entry
Who isn't white

Pig Iron Bob knew
There were two colours
White and yellow
Yellow buggers aren't coming in

The seventies saw change
Menzies a memory
Down came the signs
The neighbours embraced

They're different to us
We don't like that
As the Europeans before them
We felt threatened

A generation later
They top our schools
Became scientists and doctors
A big part of our future

Our daughters and sons
Are now called
Dong, Spiros and Peter
Yes we are one

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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