In Conversation with… Sabian Wilde

Marketing Lecturer. Writer. Music Bod. Claims to have coined 'Perthonality'


with 4 comments

“That’s Un-Australian,” you hear it all the time
But it bothers me our nationhood is so often defined
By the things that it is not
Instead of all the traits we’ve got…

Is it standing by your mate
When he’s in a fight
That he started with no provocation
With a brown man looking for an Aussie education…

Or just Vegemite
Which is owned by a US corporation
That went messing with our icon
For the iPod generation

And to sell more cheese (or cheese based products)

Once a livestock thief
Took shelter by a dirty creek
And killed himself when the police arrived…

Yes, we like to break the law
And never be accountable
We might say ‘sorry’, but it might take some time…

You might think my national pride
Is lacking in a way you can easily define

But when you call me Un-Australian
What you are really saying
Is that it’s Un-Australian
To aspire…

To a country where our dignity
Is inclusive and guaranteed
I won’t mind, I’ll be the first to fly the flag
When it is that time
I take responsibility
For working toward that reality
That’s what I’d like to leave behind…


Written by Xab

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

4 Responses

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  1. Yes! Un-Australian is completely meaningless. Who says your definition of ‘Australian’ is correct? Re the Livestock Thief:

    Bret Treasure

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

  2. Went to a Citizenship ceremony today and read the Affirmation for existing Citizens. The wording is quite good… I can get behind it.


    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

  3. You are full of win.


    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

  4. I’m pretty sure that rattlesnakes, by definition, are Un-Australian.

    Snerky McSnerk

    Monday, December 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

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