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Beware of adulterers and delivery drones

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Readers, don't think I'm about to tell you a lewd joke (for this is a family column and doesn't sink to such things) when I pose you this question: What is it that adulterers and the delivery drones being controversially trialled in Canberra, may have in common?

Give up?

It is that both of them may, perhaps, have the potential to frighten horses.

James Ryan Burgess, co-lead of Project Wing unveils their new quiet drone. Credit:Karleen Minney

Everyone knows Mrs Patrick Campbell's famous observation, when the extra-marital adventures of a famous couple emerged during a divorce trial, that "My dear, I don't care what they do, so long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses".

And now this week, perhaps subconsciously channelling Mrs Patrick Campbell, the ACT Equestrian Association has piped up at the ACT Assembly inquiry into delivery drones.

"The Association's submission," The Canberra Times reported, "raised alarm about drone noise frightening horses, potentially risking the recreation's future in the national capital."

It isn't that a single drone has, yet, frightened a single ACT horse. Yet, in the familiar way in which anything new always animates Canberra catastrophists here is offered the colourful nightmare of drones killing an element of civilisation as we have known it. Next we will be told that drones will destroy cricket or that........

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