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I am a Student, Not a Customer

In the daytime I attend a class
Over crowded and under-funded
In the nighttime I attend a job
Underpaid and overworked

In the daytime I attend a class
In a lecture hall of glass
In the nighttime I attend a job
So tedious that I sob

In the daytime I study from books
So expensive even for cooks
In the nighttime I work to pay
For my housing and sustenance

But back in the Whitlam days amaze, Uni fees were ablaze
Students roamed the campuses: feeless and fearless

For I am a student, not a customer
You are a businessman not a vice-chancellor
Thus you I’ll defenestrate

My university is no longer an
Education institution

My university is now structured like a company
At its head there are no more academics

My university in pure knowledge it never ever wallow
Funding from private industry it will always follow

But back in the Whitlam days amaze, Uni fees were ablaze
Students roamed the campuses: feeless and fearless

For I am a student, not a customer
You are a businessman not a vice-chancellor

For I am an academic, not an employee
We don’t work for the university; we are the university

For I am a student, not a customer
You are a businessman not a vice-chancellor
Thus you I’ll defenestrate

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