- (Australia, New Zealand, informal) Used in protest to implore or demand that someone act with more fairness or reason, or desist in something considered outrageous.
- Fair go mum! Let me go to the party tonight!
2010, Colin McLaren, Sunflower: A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue, page 62:
- ‘Fair go, mate,’ protested Al, as the man dropped to his knees and attempted to pull the sturdy army-issue boots from the private′s feet.
- George, catching on, directed Al′s gaze to a row of neatly stacked shoes and Aloysius begrudgingly relented.
- (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A reasonable or equitable opportunity to attempt something.
- He said he wanted a fair go to apply for the scholarship.
1944, Australian Parliament, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard): House of Representatives, volume 266, page 32254:
- But for this government to load up funding to the wealthiest schools in this country is anathema to the great Aussie notion of a fair go for all.
1976, Laurie Oakes, Crash Through or Crash: The Unmaking of a Prime Minister, page 241:
- ‘We have heard about a fair go for Labor,’ Fraser told the crowd in his peroration. ‘A fair go for the most hopeless Government in our history? A fair go for the party that created the first depression for forty years? […] ’
- 1983, Australian Parliament, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, Issues 4-5, page 2677,
- The people of the Northern Territory do not want any special deals. They are not looking for privilege or preferential treatment. All they are after is a good old-fashioned fair go.
2002, Francis Gordon Clarke, The History of Australia, page 186:
- The traditional ethic of the fair go was resurrected, the light on the hill reignited, and the government promised that those currently unemployed would not be left to stagnate.