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VICTORIA ... ON THE MOVE

100 people each day
Are moving interstate,
Packing up their worldly goods
And moving far away;
Giving up careers and lives
To make the Great Escape.

100 people a day
Are escaping Jeff Kennett’s regime,
Moving to New South Wales
To flee this evil fiend;
Or to the Sunshine State
To rebuild shattered dreams.

100 people each day
Search for a better land,
A place without a despot
Delivering evil commands;
A place where dreams and hopes
Can still be safely planned.

100 people per day
Are running for their lives,
Trying to regain hopes
Of which they’ve been deprived;
Trying to escape from
This evil madman’s knife.

100 people every day
Are running from the axe,
Moving far from Victoria
To avoid never-ending tax;
Fleeing from Jeff Kennett and
The knife aimed at their backs.

100 people a day
36,500 people a year,
Fleeing from a madman who
Fills their lives with fear;
Heading for better places
Where living is not so drear.

THE END
© Copyright 2021 Philip Roberts
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

About this poem

Under Jeff Kennett's regime Victoria's state motto was "Victoria On the Move". Ironic since in 7 years one million victorians moved interstate. So that in 1997, for the 1st time ever, Queensland became the 2nd largest Australian state by population, and Victoria (founded in 1835) became the 3rd largest state by population, for the 1st time ever. Eventually after Kennett was voted out, most of the one million emigrees returned, and Victoria became the 2nd largest state by population again.  

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Written on February 13, 2009

Submitted by PHIL_ROBERTS on July 25, 2021

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