Written 2011 in response to the Gillard Labor Government’s attempts
to get Malaysia to accept asylum seekers who had travelled to Australia. Not published
It’s a sleazy deal we can reveal –
not a treaty or agreement –
just an aspirational document.
Without justice, a slippery slope
betrayal, connivance and false hope.
Our dignity betrayed – humanity delayed.
The Light on the Hill has been stolen
by political opportunists – golden.
Well may be, just yellow.
So paint Julia black and send her back
See how she goes and if she crows
on her return to Australia.
Copyright © 2023 John Tomlinson