When my father was a young boy, he spent a lot of time on his uncle’s farm, where he had a pet dingo. One day, he was walking in town with his pet beside him when someone shot it dead. It still upset him when he told me the story 30 or 40 years later. Dad was born in 1921, so this must have been about 1930, around the same time that the Queensland Government declared open season on koalas.
There was no comeback. Anyone could shoot a dingo – even in the main street of Caboolture. Dingoes were vermin.
Last week, the fourth coronial inquiry into the death of Azaria Chamberlain decided that – just as Lindy Chamberlain claimed 32 years ago – a dingo did, after all, take her baby.