Happy Roo Year

10 January 2019 #578

Cover Story: Happy Roo Year

Is Skippy our national icon or national cuisine? Pest or poster-animal? In the latest Big Issue, we look at Australia’s complicated relationship with our favourite animal.

Science writer Rhianna Boyle explores the many guises of this beloved native mammal, from crop destroyer to cute TV companion, and what they might suggest about our own national identity.

“Eating a kangaroo steak, it could be argued, is a rare point of common ground between Australians across the political spectrum.”

Also in this edition:

• Wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott on being a teenage Paralympian, and everything that’s happened since.
• Meet the extraordinary Yayoi Kusama, the artist behind the eye-popping, mind-bending infinity mirror rooms.
• Ahead of his Australian tour, Bryan Ferry reveals why he’s still the king of cool after 50 years in the biz.
• Stay in the holiday mindset with summer reads from Arnold Zable and Liana Skrzypczak.
• If you had to flee your home, what would you take? Residents of Uganda’s Bibi Bibi refugee camp share the mementos that represent ‘home’ in Big Picture.
• Make spinach and potato bourek with Adelaide Market stallholder Azou Bouilouta.

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