Down Under – Australian history and politics

I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover
Men at Work

I love a sun-burnt country
I like my toast well done
I like girls with long brown legs
I watch them as they run
My Country, after Dorothea McKellar



For wider reading about Australian history, I highly recommend William Lines’ challenging Taming of the Great South Land, the late Robert Hughes’ magisterial The Fatal Shore, David Day’s Claiming a Continent, and Bruce Pascoe’s challenging Dark Emu

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… they were standin’ on the shore one day
Saw the white sails in the sun
Wasn’t long before they felt the sting
White man, white law, white gun
Solid Rock, Goanna 1982