The Courier-Mail

MELBOURNE THING

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I HAVE a son nearly Eddie McGuire’s age ( SM, Aug 9) who works in constructi­on at Port Melbourne and St Kilda. The last time he visited, he referred to Muslims as “Mussies” and it was not meant to be derogatory. It’s a Melbourne thing. Muslim women in Kuraby and Underwood wear the all-black hijabs and the local kids call them “ninjas”. That’s not cruel or racist. I would call it good Aussie humour. Making up nicknames for people ending in “o” or “ie” is uniquely Australian. It’s part of our make-up. Liz Haydon, Runcorn

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