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Re­gard­ing your story Fly In Squad (9/6/12) I have been a FIFO worker for an oil and gas com­pany in the Cooper Basin for the past 25 years. My son was five when I started work­ing two weeks on, two weeks off. Only re­cently, while hav­ing a heart-to-heart con­ver­sa­tion with my son who is now 31, I learned how tough it was for him. I missed out on Christ­mas, Easter, his birthday and watch­ing him play sport. I said: “Mate, why didn’t you tell me how you were feel­ing and we could have worked some­thing out?” and he said to me: “Dad I didn’t want to rock the boat and you looked tired when you came home and I was so happy to have you back with Mum and my­self.” Where pos­si­ble, build­ing towns and in­fras­truc­ture to sup­port fam­i­lies would be more sen­si­ble than FIFO. I have seen too many work col­leagues di­vorced. Dave Led­den

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