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People power will win out against the suits

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
January 26 2022 - 6:25pm
A group of activists including Drew Pavlou (second from right) wear "Where is Peng Shuai?" T-shirts at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Picture: Drew Pavlou/Twitter

The separation of politics and sport is dead. The same is true of politics and the arts. Examples are all around us, including the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Sydney Festival. What is also dead is leaving politics to those in suits. The humble example of the T-shirts at the Australian Tennis Open supporting missing Chinese player Peng Shuai proves that. People power confronts the power of suits.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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