Lies like ‘illegals’ Asylum Seeker song

No we will not bomb Syria. My Australia won’t. But it’s like ‘we’ are so divided from those who we have voted for that they live with their thoughtless servants in a house with a moat as full of blind fury as their policies.

Here’s a new rendition of my song “Lies Like Illegals” with Jeremy Dunlop adding the strings that pluck your sadness and desire for more compassion in our treatment of refugees. Lyrics below.

#LIGHTTHEDARK Maleny

#LIGHTTHEDARK Maleny

Buddies Rock!

Buddies Rock!

At a lovely gathering in Maleny on Friday there was mention of a long-term camp-vigil. We can follow the excellent example of Indigenous people with the amazing Tent Embassy and just refuse to move til, at the very least, the Syrian refugees in the concentration camps on Manus and Nauru are living here in Australia as part of the 12,000 intake from that country so distressed. Taking 12,000 from Syria and saying “Aw you poor things, come on in” and leaving others who fled earlier languishing indefinitely in our camps in Manus and Nauru, in conditions so inhumane we make it a crime to speak of them, the gargantuan hypocrisy will be in the light of day. Closing the camps is a small next step 🙂

 

Here’s the best place to find out stuff and offer a hand. http://www.asrc.org.au/ Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Published on 14 Dec 2013

I got sick of glaring at the radio every time I heard politicians use that lie, ‘illegal’ or ‘illegals’ when talking about people fleeing persecution. It is not illegal to seek asylum.
Why do private companies profit from this? The less water, health services or decent accomodation is provided by the company SERCO, the more they profit.

Julian Burnside link: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politic…

SERCO information link: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/stop…

Lies like ‘illegal’ by Jenny Fitzgibbon http://www.jennyfitzgibbon.com
Adapted from the tune of “When the Boat Comes in”. Trad – Northumberland

Asylum they come seeking                        In a boat that’s leaking

Gets the pollies freaking                            When the boat comes in

No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman

No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Zero information                            goes out to the nation

An abomination                             When the boat comes in

 

To ‘secure’ our borders                              We give Navy orders

Racists would applaud us                           When the boat comes in

No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman

No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Why say a prayer                           Teach our kids to care

Then refuse to share                     When the boat comes in

 

Private corporations                                   Profit from our nation’s

Freedom deprivations                                When the boat comes in

No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman

No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Forked tongues a-lashing             In a right-wing fashion

Why not show compassion          When the boat comes in

 

Even though there’s no ‘queue’    take the pain you’ve been thru

To Manus or Nauru                                     When the boat comes in

No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman

No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Children in detention                    Human rights suspension

We must pay attention                 When the boat comes in

 

If I’d a son or daughter                               fleeing famine or slaughter

I’d cross any water                                      When the boat comes in

No Peace …

A label like “illegals”                      Lies like “illegal”

Should be illegal                            When the boat comes in

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