Too many kangaroos loose in Canberra
The eastern grey kangaroo has a top speed of 60 kilometres per hour. By the end of its life, my ute could do 80. The comparison is not academic: driving home from parties in my early 20s, my muffler farting through Canberra’s northern fringe, mobs of 10, 20, 30 roos would slip out of the dawn and chaperone me across the NSW border. I’d slow down; they’d slow down. I’d speed up; they’d match the acceleration of a 1995 Mazda Bravo with 400,000 clicks on the dash.