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I'm a 'quiet Australian', but Scott Morrison doesn't speak for me

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03.09.2019

I’m a quiet Australian. Ask anyone who knows me. He’s very quiet your son, my mother would be told, in my younger days. Oh, he’s always thinking, she’d reply. Ah yes, that was me, always thinking.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave thanks to the “quiet Australians” after his election victory.Credit:AAP

Truth is, where people mistake me looking into the middle distance as wise as an old owl, contemplating the meaning of the universe, really I’m blissfully thinking of nothing or wondering what shape that passing cloud resembles. This is no mean feat when I’m indoors, and it’s night.

One could say this reserved nature is just your typical good old Australian laconic male. Keeps himself to himself. Not much of a talker, but a very good listener. This lack of utterance may seem a strange contrast to the formation of words into stories that emanate from the keyboard. The fingers can speak for me, I shrug. But even my fingers have come to resent, and hence........

© The Sydney Morning Herald