The NSW government has launched a competition to give Sydneysiders the chance to name the new fleet of ferries that will soon take to Sydney Harbour. Public votes for naming pieces of infrastructure have so far this year given us the dream of Boaty McBoatface, the British research ship that ended up named after Sir David Attenborough, and the prospect of a swimming pool slide named Harambe (after the gorilla, shot dead by a worker at Cincinnati Zoo when a child fell into his enclosure). There will be six new ferries in Sydney, but unfortunately none will be called Boaty McBoatface or Harambe. Instead voters have been given a shortlist or worthy contenders, with names like Bennelong, Victor Chang and Dorothea Mackellar up for consideration. Now, what’s the fun in naming ferries after very deserving people? None at all.

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