The 1970s - Environment
Before outfalls were extended, Bondi and Malabar beaches were polluted with sewage. Mona Brand’s “every little breeze seems to whisper disease” was sung in Exposure 70, together with her version of “I do like to be beside the seaside”:
Oh, I do like to surf beside the sewer
To surf beside the sewer in the sea
I do like to wallow where the ocean’s strong
Where the outlet flows tiddely-ong-pong-pong.
So just let me surf beside the sewer
The effluent is good for me
And there’s lots of germs beside
I can swallow down inside
Beside the sewer, beside the sea.
In the same revue, John Mulligan’s Crown of Thorns concerned drilling for oil on the Barrier Reef:
Priest: It was just two thousand years ago
He was crucified with a crown of thorns
And on either side a thief
Now for 2000 miles
With a crown of thorns we crucify our reef.
Altar girls: And nobody cares.
Priest: Thirty silver pieces once was the price
But now 30 drilling leases are just as nice
The drilling rig with Ampol prevails …
Mona Brand’s unpublished Pirates of Pinchgut contained a litterbug Major General:
I am a very model man for making muddle general
I love to scatter vegetable, animal and mineral
I always drop my ticket from whatever bus I travel in
My very newest pullover I always am unravelling
When it comes to washing hands I’m not at all particular
I revel in pollution and include it in curricula
I like to fill the atmosphere with vapours quite asthmatical
… I veto every movement to make cleanliness respectable
I empty lots of sewers into areas delectable …