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An Australia guided by the spirit of the Eureka Tradition as symbolised by the diggers' flag and oath:
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties"

Beneath The Southern Cross Louis McManus

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Seventy hours of misery,
Fifty weeks of pain
Six days a week of slavery
For some rich boss's gain
They've found gold in Australia
If rumour has it true
I'll work those seventy hours or more
I'll be a rich man too.

Chorus:
This flag of blue and silver stars
Says we're prepared to die
For our right to freedom
Beneath the southern sky.
The blood of those poor working men
Who didn't count the cost
Flows strong and red forever
Beneath the Southern Cross.

Walked a hundred miles,
Fought the rock and clay
Six days a week of slavery
No luck, no gold, no pay
Still seventy hours of misery,
Still licence tax to pay
I saw the diggers raise a flag
I heard the diggers say:

Then men held guns, not shovels,
Poor men forced to fight
Then soldiers came and shot us down
To prove they had the right,
And we who carry on the fight
Remember what it cost
To raise the true Australian flag
Our flag, the Southern Cross.

Notes

This song is in "The Second Bushwackers Australian Song Book" (1983) where it is credited to Roger Corbett, Louis McManus & Dobe Newton

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