It’s time to lis­ten: truckie’s wife


“IT IS one of the dead­li­est jobs in Aus­tralia and through mar­riage I am con­nected to it.”

That was the open­ing sen­tence to a let­ter by Sa­man­tha Wantling, a truckie’s wife. Her sen­ti­ments struck a chord with oth­ers in the in­dus­try. Bev Matthews: “Maybe this is away for wife’s/part­ners/ fam­i­lies mem­bers can make these suits stand up and take no­tice. See how they go cross­ing fin­gers their fam­ily mem­ber comes home safe each week. Not to men­tion the level of bowel can­cer amongst this com­mu­nity why cause no de­cent toi­lets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and proper meals avail­able where they CAN stop.”

Mick Wil­son: “Well said, if the Po­lice, EMS and politi­cians died at the rate we do there would be an up­roar and an en­quiry by the high­est court in the land.” Bron Hawkins: “Well said, I have al­ways said that ev­ery­one that has never seen hands on what our men as driv­ers do should spend a week or more in the truck then they'll un­der­stand what the truck­ies deal with.” Ann-Marie Hicks: As the wife of a road train op­er­a­tor I agree 110%.”

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