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Despite the fact that he grew up in very similar socio-economic circumstances to the ones he provided his own children with, local dad Peter Stretton (58) talks about his upbringing as though his area was a failed state.
“In my day we had to walk 20 miles barefoot just to get to school” he said.
“In the snow!”
His children decide against asking him why there was snow in regional Queensland when he was younger, only to hear about the perils of communism and how their dad nearly got sent to fight in Vietnam at 9-years-old.
Mr Stretton makes a point of telling his children how lucky they have it.
“You lot don’t understand, this area was fucking rough I tell you”
His oldest son, Angus, intervenes.
“Dad didn’t you spend your holidays at Thredbo as a kid”
Dad bites back.
“Thredbo wasn’t what it is now. It was a rough old town back then. We used to have to fight every day, just to survive”
His son continues his line of questioning.
“Why the hell did you parents drive 400 kilometres to take you to a skiing town where you had to fight people?”
“Because it was good for us! You lot wouldn’t understand. You’ve had it too easy.