Empty grocery shelves in the lucky country

Empty shelves empty in an Australian supermarket. Photo Wikimedia Commons

In this land of sunshine and many acres we did not expect to see empty shelves in supermarkets.

We were the lucky country, persuaded by Donald Horne’s ironic title, The Lucky Country and we had slipped into a smug sense of security.

But in that 1960’s publication now recognised as an Australian classic, the late author meant to be provocative, pricking the conscience of a complacent post-war society.