In the good old days (I assume), you could ask someone which party they supported and expect an answer. Not so anymore. And it’s made more difficult by people’s reluctance to identify as left or right.
I'm on high-alert in Uluru, being a place of strong Aboriginal culture but visited by white suburban Australians and foreigners. Tension is to be expected. It's hard to relax when your expertise is noticing the undercurrent in the casual everyday--which is much of what this column is about.