Australian public service lanyard

Ode to the Public Servants of the Pop-Up

Walking around the Pop-Up,

I see suits and lanyards all around.

I wish they would leave us alone,

And respect the traditional Cupping Room boundary.

They flit in and out from 12 ‘til 2,

Then go back to their offices.

I wonder what they talk about,

Probably how good their Brodburger was.

The little emus and kangaroos on their APS lanyards,

Look out to the world and say,


But I could be projecting.

At the end of the day,

The most worrisome thing,

Is that they represent a frightening future that all ANU students dread,

A life of mundanity as an APS 6.

I mean, I guess it’s fair they want a tasty meal,

But at the same time, uni should be a space for students,

Not designed around corporate profit.

So, I’m sorry, but to the public servants of the Pop Up…

Please fuck off.

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Woroni, Woroni Radio and Woroni TV are created, edited, published, printed and distributed. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. We acknowledge that the name Woroni was taken from the Wadi Wadi Nation without permission, and we are striving to do better for future reconciliation.