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Indefensible

Sat 4th Nov 2017











"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" 
Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire

‘The head of the New South Wales education standards authority has said he is “appalled” after an Australian poet became the target of online abusefrom high school students because one of her pieces was used in end-of-year exams’

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/17/ellen-van-neerven-indigenous-poet-abused-hsc-english-students

I’m done with your right to say what you want
Done with your free speech free country freedom
Done with your this is how you see it from here
Done with your loudhailers in my ear

Done with your right to respond to reply
Done with your tuppence worth, two bob, your druthers
Done with your nation’s conversation
Done with your signatures your online petitions

Done with your vox pops, your talking heads
Done with your forum, your focus group
Done with your note tucked under the wiper
Done with your hate letters, handwritten, typed

Done with your first and second amendments
Done with your not in my backyard
Done with your on-demand democracy
Done with your having to have your say

Done with your twitching curtain face
Done with your giving a piece of your mind
Done with your always sticking your oar in
Done with your will of the people have spoken

Done with your endless expressions of interest
Done with your comments your angry emojis
Done with your words and your right to say them
Because you’ve shown you can’t be trusted with words
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