500 Issues

Issue 

From the Bush crusade to foreign aid,
Iraqi sanctions to the world's arms trade;
from the threat of globalisation
to social welfare in this nation
you tore through the tissue of lies
500 issues they despise.

Street sellers in the rain,
it was worth the pain
and we'll do it all again.
Your pages shone light upon
Palestinian, Sudanese and Timor's struggles
and refugees' crowded boats and desperate pleas
and Ruddock's attempts to appease
Australia's conscience.
With poetry, cartoons and satire deft
without you I would be bereft.

Keep going, grow stronger Green Left.

BY JOHN TOMLINSON

From Green Left Weekly, July 17, 2002.
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