ACT residents are generally quick to distance themselves from the goings-on of the federal government. This week - what with the leadership spills and so on - was no exception.
Take Nick Hay. A born and bred Canberran, he has no interest in politics.
"It's freakin' all stupid," he said on Saturday.
The Ngunnawal man spent Friday blissfully unaware of the crisis engulfing the federal government a 20 minute drive from his house.
His partner broke the news of a new prime minister - the fifth in as many years - when he arrived home that night.
Great, Mr Hay thought. Someone else earning too much for not doing too much.
"They're all a joke," he said.
The Sunday Canberra Times asked Canberrans moseying through Civic on Saturday morning for their thoughts on the events of the past week. Most rolled their eyes when asked what they made of the Liberals deposing Malcolm Turnbull in favour of freshly-minted Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Molonglo Valley man Glenn Cullen followed events on Twitter having spent part of the week in the Northern Territory.
The behaviour of the 45th Parliament of Australia was, he said, an embarrassment.
"Then the politicians try to spin it to be something that it's not," Mr Cullen said.
"It's a circus."
Mr Cullen drove past Government House on his way home Friday - a quiet scene in stark contrast to the events of the day. He added that Canberra was more than the federal government.
"That bubble hovers over there. Most of us just get on with enjoying the lakes and the parks and the city," he said.
It was a point with which Ben de Vos, of Canberra, agreed. He moved to the ACT from Melbourne three years ago to study at the Australian National University and has stayed after gaining work, forging new relationships and developing a taste for the local brunch scene.
The people in the federal government kind of operated separately to everyone else, he said.
"[Parliament] is a place I know exists," he said.
But Calwell couple Bill and Sandra Mostyn were glued to events on the hill as they unfolded on Friday, following the action on television, radio, their iPads and phones.
It was a "debacle", Mrs Mostyn said. Her cousin in Scotland called to ask what on earth was going on.
"They're like kids playing in a sandpit who had a falling out," Mrs Mostyn said of the Liberal party.
Mr Mostyn joked about moving to North Korea ("or maybe New Zealand") in search of a stable government.
"It's all based on personality, not policy or reason. We don't need this instability," he said.
The events have already made it to classrooms. Eliza Kristan, 15, and 17-year-olds Jasmyn Beauman and Tilly Kelly said their teachers had started using the leadership spills in lessons.
The trio followed the drama on Facebook, where Jasmyn, of Goulburn, said her gay friends had expressed concerns about Mr Morrison's social conservatism.
"Everyone's scared he'll change [same-sex marriage] back," she said.
The teenagers said they were disappointed Julie Bishop hadn't gained the leadership, with Tilly expressing surprise Mr Morrison had emerged victor. "I thought it was the bald guy," she said.
"There's lots of memes on Facebook. There was one where he looked like a cabbage."
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