Hitting a roo a rite for Aussie driv­ers

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - LYN IR­WIN-KELLY Jour­nal­ist, mum and farm widow

WE WERE all aghast when she made the star­tling con­fes­sion.

Some­one even deemed her to be un-Aus­tralian.

It turns out that one of my 40-some­thing friends has never hit a kan­ga­roo (or any other macro­pod) while driv­ing.

It’s not like we’re tucked up in sub­ur­bia, never to ven­ture be­yond the city lim­its.

We live in a ru­ral com­mu­nity and she’s been li­censed to drive for close to three decades – all with­out col­lid­ing with even a wal­laby on a coun­try road.

That’s al­most as un­heard of as an Aussie not lik­ing Vegemite or eat­ing a meat pie with­out to­mato sauce.

It’s vir­tu­ally a rite of pas­sage in Aus­tralia.

Not that I’ve got any­thing against kan­ga­roos, es­pe­cially the ones which don’t bound across the roads at dawn and dusk, eat all the crops/grass and wreck fences.

This prompted a whole dis­cus­sion about other un-Aus­tralian deeds and our claim-free driver lamented the de­cline in the use of Aus­tralian slang terms, ref­er­enc­ing her opin­ion with a re­cent quiz show which asked a group of con­tes­tants about the mean­ing of ocker ter­mi­nol­ogy.

She was stunned when only two of the eight pressed the cor­rect an­swer.

Whether it’s the per­son who calls a ute by any other name (it’s not a pick-up or a truck here, mate), there are a gazil­lion un-Aus­tralian acts tak­ing place ev­ery day around this coun­try and it’s high time to stamp out th­ese oc­cur­rences.

Let’s en­sure we give our friends nick­names that end with a vowel (Shazza, Macca, Robbo ... then, in­ex­pli­ca­bly, there’s Chook).

Let’s con­tinue our proud tra­di­tion of force-feed­ing those same friends our cranked-up Aus­tralia Day playlist (fea­tur­ing Acca Dacca, Farnsy and Barn­sie).

Let’s en­sure we don’t frown on those un­for­tu­nate enough to ding the front or side pan­els of their ve­hi­cles when they strike mar­su­pi­als.

Any­thing else would have to be as un-Aus­tralian as turn­ing down a Tim Tam at smoko.

❝40some­thing

One of my friends has never hit a kan­ga­roo (or any other macro­pod) while driv­ing.

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