Image of the car Royce crashed into from insurance company paperwork. Supplied by the author
A car accident in 2018 sent journalist and formerly uninsured motorist Royce Kurmelovs headfirst into a painful and personal journey into Australia’s relationship with debt. In this extract from his new book Just Money, Kurmelovs reflects on an economic generation gap… as he breaks the news to his mother.
It was the week before Mothers’ Day, a chilly Sunday morning in autumn, and I had caught the train out to meet Mum for lunch. The Italian continental deli was mostly empty and as I was the first to arrive I picked a table at the centre of the dining area. The coffee was good.
When I broke the news, the woman sitting opposite me reacted in the way I imagine all mothers do when their child tells them about a recent arrest and pending