ADANI Be Gone. ADANI Move on!
Sure its old, years old- about 20 million,
but it’s not as cold as we would wish
or as its creatures need, but still it’s home
to 1500 species of fish
its where dugongs and whales and dolphins roam
and yes, it’s huge, this pulsating place
clearly visible from outer space.
Don’t touch the reef where these creatures live,
It’s not yours to have, not ours to give.
So get back, right back, right now, we won’t allow
you to wreck what is here. No way, no how.
You reckon you won’t crack but you hate the flak.
You want us to refrain from stopping your gain
which is not going to happen ‘cause reaction
is gaining traction. As you ramp up the benefits
listen to the clapping and the rapping of the population
determined to stop this devastation.
As you use your weapon to promise and threaten,
see the Aussies moving in on the politicians.
By your own admissions their likelihood of re-election
is lessening by the insurrection of Mums and Dads
and a squillion people who have had enough.
Fearing for grandchildren whose lives will be rougher
as banks and governments make it tougher
to get a house or pay for basic stuff.
So what’s your beef?
You want to rip out the coal so you get richer.
You’re not worried about climate change
or losing the reef.
You don’t care about dumping all your waste,
you’re happy to let the ground water drain
and leave a chain of voids and a land defaced.
You mightn’t care what happens at Galilee.
Well I’ve got a beef that matters to me.
We want this place to always be. Get away
from our land, our reef, get away from greed.
This living, giving plot is not yours or mine
to have or debase. Find another spot to squat
The world is already too hot, so stop the rot
and get off our kids’ plot. Find another place
where parents don’t care
about the quality of soil and water and air.
And if you can’t, then maybe rethink
your plan, and start to see
the value in protecting eco-diversity.
As a nation then, we can hasten
to protect the uniqueness of the Galilee Basin.
Apart from anything else, we’re not as stupid
as you might need to feed your greed.
We won’t be lending money from the public purse.
We won’t be creating our own country’s curse.
Don’t expect us to fund our destruction.
You might be depending on political corruption,
but the people are not as foolish as you might think.
We’re taking this campaign to the brink.
Adani take a giant leap cause we’re going to keep
these sacred places for our kids to reap
joy in connection with this land they inherit.
Investors might measure wealth in credit and debit
but our country’s value is held in health and harmony.
We work against adversity by treasuring our diversity
and recognising finite resources for what they are.
So Adani take a hint from the Fulani and just move on.
Move on Adani. Be gone Adani. The people have spoken
They won’t be broken. Adani move on. Adani be gone.
E A Gleeson
Photos in collage from: CSIRO CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons