Story and illustrations by Ia Uaro.
Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story.
2013 Finalist in Humor
Early November 1999
“This is how you cheat using an Orange Travelpass,” an Irish voice penetrated my gloomy thoughts.
I was standing against the wall outside the Asquith League Club at Waitara, where my training sessions for Sydney’s public-transport inbound call centre were held. This was the second Monday of my training at work. I can hardly tell you about the first week. I don’t remember much. My parents had abandoned me. The shock made me unaware of my surroundings. I had not noticed things... more
"To Pokolbin Prison, please," requested a woman in a very weak, barely audible low voice I could well relate to. A vision came to me of a gaunt, sickly, very depressed lady.
I worked out her travel plan. She had to catch a bus, two trains, and a bus again, for a three-hour journey. Then she asked, "How much would it cost for a pensioner and a three-year old?"
Tears gathered in my eyes. A poor young mother with a young child trying to visit her worthless husband at Christmas!
And she was not alone. "To John Moroney Prison, please," said a miserable mother.
"To Silverwater Correction Centre, please." A sad girlfriend.
"To Long Bay Jail, please." A wretched daughter.
Long-suffering souls requested travel plans for Lithgow Jail, Parklea Jail, Goulburn Jail - you name it.
Come to think of it, there was hardly a male caller wanting to visit a female prisoner. Either the men did not use public transport or they didn't bother to visit. What did this tell you? ... more
“How will you cope... more
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