Works in the Herald 1931

In an interview yesterday in London, Mr A. M. Samuel, a member of the House of Commons, declared that every time Mr Lang opened his mouth it cost Australia a quarter of a million.

   A word out of season
   Of vapid unreason
May seem mere political twaddle at best;
   But this thing needs abatement
   If, with each wild statement
It mean's that a cool quarter million's gone West.

What millions are pouring While, raving and roaring, Not only John Lang, but a dozen or more Political brothers Outshouting the others With rhetoric costly are taking the floor?
In mood apathetic We hear energetic But futile economists voicing their views; And little attention We give the dissension Until we awoke to this dread bit of news.
Now, what are we paying For all this dull braying? Beyond computation the vast millions heap, Till we're yearing to shackle This mad, costly cackle With curses for him who said talking was cheap.

Herald, 26 February 1931, p6

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