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The mountain men were mustering, a meeting had been called
Conservators would close the hills, Clancy’d be appalled
Kids from school with BSc’s, were calling all the shots
Decisions made from books and class, of jeering there was lots


‘Don’t take your horses up there, leave down your cattle too
They break the soil, erosion starts; you don’t know what you do.’
Said cattlemen and squatters both, ‘we know more than you think
We take good care, we look around, nothing’s on the brink.’


‘We also want jaw traps to go, they’re really very cruel
We’ll give you snare traps, rigged just right, an excellent new tool
When dogs you snare and felines too, you catch them now alive
Just bag them well and bring them in, we want them to survive’


Now Bill, the battling bludger, he’d had about enough
He stood and told the female pollie, ‘it’s no good being tough
We’ve used the land a hundred years, no damage have we done
Except for feral dogs and cats, we kill them, they’re just scum


Now you add on extra work, you think our lives are fun
What earthly use you have for them, can’t think of even one.’
And Joan, seasoned campaigner, had nearly lost the show
She stood and said, ‘we’ll neuter them, and then we’ll let them go’


Now Bill knew bullshit all too well, around the bush campfire
If she thought this would sit with him, she wasn’t much a trier
‘If you think fixing dogs and cats, will stop the feral spree
You’re wrong about the risk that’s here; that’s quite plain to see’


‘You worry for our wildlife, the quolls and potoroos
The tiny life which we all love, the birds and cockatoos
You’re missing something don’t you know, it's obvious to me
They’re killing off the wild life, not fucking them, you see.’



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