Your dog just died. “She’ll be right, mate,” is the sympathetic response of your Australian friend.

Climate change is upon us. The whole country, and in particular the state of Victoria has endured over a decade of drought. “She’ll be right, mate,” replies an Aussie as they seem to shrug off an evident problem.

You are hiking, get terribly off-trail, the sun is going down, and you fall into a pit of poisonous snakes. “She’ll be right, mate,” your Aussie friends say, shifting from foot to foot as they ponder what on earth to do.

As a characteristically Australian gene, “she’ll be right, mate” is built into every Aussie’s vocabulary from the womb. It literally and figuratively sums up a way of thinking, and a way of living here in Australia.

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