A slap in the McFer­ry­face


The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

he com­mu­nity has spo­ken,” claims Trans­port Min­is­ter Andrew Con­stance, re­fer­ring to a pub­lic poll that named Syd­ney’s lat­est ferry “Ferry McFer­ry­face”.

But some voices speak louder, and more sen­si­bly, than oth­ers. For the sake of his union mem­bers’ dig­nity, the Mar­itime Union of Aus­tralia’s Paul Gar­rett says they sim­ply won’t crew the new ves­sel. “Give it a proper name and we’ll work it,” he de­clared. “Give it a stupid name and it can stay at the ship­yard.”

He has a point. An in­ter­net meme has no busi­ness be­com­ing such a sig­nif­i­cant part of Syd­ney’s trans­port sys­tem. Memes may be fun, but they’re of the mo­ment. This ferry will be around, hope­fully, for decades.

And what if it isn’t around for decades? What if it be­comes in­volved in a tragic ac­ci­dent?

Those who emerge from dis­as­ters at sea are gen­er­ally known by the ti­tle of their ves­sel; they are “sur­vivors of the Ti­tanic”, for ex­am­ple.

“Sur­vivors of Ferry McFer­ry­face” doesn’t have the same solem­nity to it. Quite the op­po­site.

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