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The Australian by Aaron Richardson, Nimbin, New South Wales

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A group of Aboriginal people sit around a camp fire.

I come from Australia
where we do not wear a shirt

We walk around bare footed,
dancing in the dirt.

And we make them feel welcome,
the people overseas

To our mother country
we make them feel at ease.

Because this land belongs to us
and it always will

So remember that along the track
or even better still

Take off your shoe and your shirt
as you walk upon the sand,

And come and sit down in the dirt
with the owners of this land. [1]


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[1] Koori Mail 521 p.25

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Aboriginal culture - Arts - The Australian, retrieved 14 December 2018