Works in the Herald 1930

In his Budget, Mr Scullin proposes to take 12,550,000 from the public in new taxes, while Government expenditure is increased by 1,094,303.

Your Budget, Mr Scullin, has left me very sad.
We know the country's needy; we know the times are bad.
We looked for some retrenchment, and measures to that end;
But still for us 'tis pay, pay; for you still spend and spend.

The taxes wax enormous while incomes sadly wane;
But here's a sporting offer we'd have you entertain;
Since soon we can't support it, this burden on our backs,
Suppose you take the income, and let us have the tax.

Herald, 10 July 1930, p4

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