This is a story primarily about the betrayal of trust, related to me by an old man in a pub at Long Jetty. The most terrifying part of this story is the unresolved nature of the ending. Australia has prided itself on development of the concept of 'mate-ship' and this tale shows how disruptive it is to a society when the implicit trust that governs it's mechanisms is undermined. I found the story important because allegorically, it has implications for the way economic life in this country has been destroyed by the shady practices of the entreprenurial 'cowboys' of Australia's recent past.
Old 'Neil the Wheel' looked worried as he pulled back on his beer. He rattled down his can and ran his hand back through his hair. And he said "I've been over it and over it and I still can't get it straight, but two of us, it seems have got a murderer for a mate."