(26 January, 2016)
When you start a thing, who knows where it ends?
Throw a party, prepare to make new friends.
Make a nation, make your nation state
From plasticine, so to shape its fate.
I watch TV and see this once great land
Has changed and absolutely nothing’s planned
For me: I’m persona non grata;
I’m packing, and leaving, to foreign laughter.
I feel a stranger, right here, right now,
I’m going, I’m gone, if you’ll allow.
Of the four folks from Defence to get the nod, Alan Stretton (1975) helped deal with the aftermath of disastrous Cyclone Tracy in Darwin, Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop (1976) was a heroic military surgeon in WWII, Peter Cosgrove (2001) led the peace-keeping mission to East Timor, and this year, David Morrison was honoured, for his ‘You Tube’ style bake against sexists in the armed services, and embrace of sundry fashionable causes. How heroic.]