• The Carbon Tax: A poem by Professor Cliff Ollier.

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    Hurrah, Hurrah the Carbon Tax
    Just pay up and then relax.

    We’ll stop warming, have no fears,
    (Maybe take a thousand years).
    Like Canute we’ll stop the waves.
    Make sure that the sea behaves.

    Hurrah, Hurrah the Carbon Tax
    Just pay up and then relax.

    Drought and floods will all be gone
    (Miss Mackellar please move on).
    Cyclones, bushfires, locusts, pests,
    Carbon Tax will put to rest.

    Hurrah, Hurrah the Carbon Tax
    Just pay up and then relax.

    Carbon’s nasty, so they say
    (scientists, within our pay)
    So we tax it through the nose
    Don’t ask where the money goes.

    Ministers for this and that,
    Lots and lots of bureaucrats
    Wish to use the Carbon Tax,
    So pay up, and just relax.

    Hurrah, Hurrah the Carbon Tax
    Just pay up and then relax.

    All the horrors we endure
    Carbon Tax is sure to cure.
    We will fix them, bye and bye,
    Were we ever known to lie?

    Notes for Non-Australians: Our government proposes to introduce a Carbon Tax, after promising it would not do so at the last election. Dorothea McKellar wrote (1877) a great iconic poem about Australia that includes:

    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of droughts and flooding rains.

    Professor Cliff Ollier

    Professor Ollier is a geologist, geomorphologist, soil scientist, emeritus professor and honorary research fellow, at the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences University of Western Australia. He was formerly at Australian National University, University of New England, Australia, Canberra University, University of Papua New Guinea, and University of Melbourne. Throughout his career he was a prolific author (as C.D Ollier), and he has contributed to reference works such as The Oxford Companion to the Earth.

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