Contact Newsletter – 101

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  1. The poem that’s gone viral after NSW farmer Joanna Collett posted it on the Prime Minister’s facebook page:
    G’day Mr Morrison, I trust that you are fine,
    Sorry to be bothering you, but there’s something on my mind
    I listened to a bloke last week; he had a bit to say
    You lot may have heard of him? He delivers all that hay?
    He spoke of countless hours and the distances they drive
    Feeding starving stock, to keep bush hopes alive
    They do not get assistance from your tax funded hat
    They do it on their own, all off their own bat
    I’m not politically minded and I don’t have any clout
    And I know you’ve done a tour, to learn about the drought
    But there’s just some burning questions, that have left us feeling beat
    Why did we fund a foreign land, to learn to cut up meat?
    And what about those soccer boys, who went and got all lost
    You pulled out all the bloody stops, plain just showing off
    You’ve bigger problems here at home, there’s drought up to our necks
    So what does your mob go and do ? Give them big fat cheques!
    Don’t they have a government to deal with all this stuff?
    Why should it be up to us, what’s with all your fuss?
    Should we not be reigning in and look after our own
    Have you never heard the phrase “charity starts at home”?
    I realise there’s many things, that need an allocation
    And I also can appreciate, complex trade relations
    I’m not sure if you realise, but if our stock all die,
    There won’t be any trade you see, your deals will all run dry
    As a rule we’re not a whinging lot, our requests are but a few
    Most of us who work the land, are tested, tried and true
    We respect that we are guardians, and sustain it for the kids
    But I often have to wonder, what future will it bring?
    I guess all that I’m wondering, is “where’s the Aussie aid”?
    Wrapped up in a swag of tape, only then to be repaid !
    There’s Aussie blokes and chicks out there, putting you to shame
    Helping fellow Australians, in their time of pain
    I’m just a simple farmer, grazier, wife and mum
    And even though we’re feeding stock, we’re better off than some
    I’ve never had to shoot a cow, who could no longer stand
    But many have before me, and I pray, I’m not dealt that hand
    So will you take another look; admit that we’re in strife ?
    And do more than bloody empathise, before another farmer takes their life ?
    I’d like to think you’ll do what’s right and put Australia first
    And help your own damn country, before this drought gets any worse
    Joanna Collett
    Wee Waa NSW
    I am just an Oldie now, so cannot help a lot, But I have seen so much of where these so called leaders, look at, and then give more to those not so poor refugees. I know there are some real Refugees for sure, but what about the so-calleds that have been here in Australia for more than a decade, have NEVER worked a minute, and we give them all they want for free, plus they get themselves up to 4, (that is FOUR) wives, and of course, large families who AUSTRALIANS give them alllocations they have not earnt and have No Intentions of even trying to do what I did when I came to Australia in 1966, I went out and found a job and went on from there. Me and my family, worked and saved and built a home. It was a hard climb, but we did it. Why shouldn’t They, and further, WHY DOESN’T OUR Politicians stop the gifts and encourage them to do what I, and many millions, do when they got here. Not looking for hand outs, just somewhere to work, HARD if neccesary.