Australian Aid

Discrepancy
between the notion of generosity
and the allocation of equity
to Australian Aid
if doubled
even tripled
it would remain less than one percent
of gross national income.
Promises alongside the United Nations
delayed
diverted
from our fair share
to give a fair go.
A fair go
is a hand up
over a hand out
empowerment
over charity
it’s immunisation
minimisation of death by preventable causes
separation of sewage
from drinking, washing water
sanitation and skilled attendants
at the births of sons and daughters
education, souls expanding their borders
of capabilities
opportunities
possibilities.

Australia, we could give our fair share
allocate still more yet
leave the lions share
around ninety-nine percent
to look after our own.
Does that not negate
the need to designate
who’s first looked after?
Enabled to look after
our own and others
simultaneously.

So let us speak up for fair
speak out for right.
Let compassion prevail over fear
hope transcend despair
generosity triumph over insecurity
love conquer apathy.
Let us look not only to our own interests
but also to the interests of others.
Let us speak justice into being
speaking voices of justice.