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Protesters in Canberra were looking for leadership Scott Morrison is ill-equipped to provide

Nicholas Stuart
By Nicholas Stuart
Updated February 18 2022 - 11:29am, first published February 13 2022 - 6:30pm
Voters need to be extremely disillusioned and disgusted with a government in order to dispatch it. Are we there yet? Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

On Saturday morning the huge crowd, holding red ensigns upside-down and bearing inchoate, angry malevolence, wound like a serpent around Parliament House. They carried flags (bizarrely Croat, Macedonian, and Polish, as well as a varied Australian) demonstrating confused allegiances and suggesting these crowds weren't, in any way, representative of modern Australia - the ragged throng was far too white; too middle-aged; and too ordinary. And yet in another way, and almost because of this confusion, the crowd was exactly representative of another demographic. A group of people lost, uncertain and confused.

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Nicholas Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra writer.

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