During the depression, when funds were desperately needed, Australia managed to remain self-supporting. Today, with a revenue surplus of some millions in view, the Federal Government startles public opinion by borrowing overseas instead of raising and circulating the defence money within our own borders. - From a leading article on the poor response to Australia's latest London loan.
Borrowin' over the water; I've seen it all before Raisin' loans (said Old George Jones) Was a trick we learned of yore. Borrowin' over the water In the old Australian way Splash the cash an' cut a dash An' leave the kids to pay. Steel rails an' sausage skins, cotton goods an' fal-de-rals, Drapery an' rollin'-stock an' pocket knives an' sich; That was how we took it out When we was but a growin' lout; But sich-like habits calls for doubt Now we are grown an' rich. Borrowin' over the water for reproductive works That ain't produced; sich habits used To mark the crowd that shirks. That's why we're heaped with taxes In this sad year A.D. Thro' the ancient tricks of politics In borrowin' overseas. Airyplanes an' motor-cars, guns an' bombs an' bayonits -- The cash is here to buy the things an' meet the whole expense. But seems we'll never mend our ways; An' habits learned in olden days Sticks hard; so we keep up the craze An' borrow for defence. Advance Australia! Pile the loans. The kids'll pay (said Old George Jones).
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