A week and a bit away from Canberra with no newspapers and limited social media and it’s amazing the different perspective you get of political life. From inner Melbourne to the outer suburbs and then Eden on the south coast of New South Wales and barely a mention of government or opposition, Abbott or Shorten.
Normally the people I mix with, knowing my obsession with matters political, ask a few polite questions and make a comment or two about the way the country is being governed. But not this summer.
With one exception. Moslems. I found that’s the barbecue stopping dirty word for people from a variety of social spheres.
Some intolerance I expected. The vehement extent of it in conversations surprised me.
The opportunities for unscrupulous politicians from this sentiment are frightening.