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The day the nation’s politicians found reason to hide behind masks

Politicians, the unkind suggest, spend their professional lives hiding behind masks, lest ghastly intentions be revealed.

And so it has come to pass.

Ministers Alan Tudge and Michael Sukkar wearing masks on arrival for Question Time on Monday.

Ministers Alan Tudge and Michael Sukkar wearing masks on arrival for Question Time on Monday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Parliament House in Canberra was a-swirl with masks as politicians, parliamentary staff and the media mixed for the first time in months, fear of a pandemic infecting the rarefied air and suppressing great egos.

Who was grinning; who was scowling and who was practising the art of factionally-aligned whispering? No one could tell.

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