Chaining yourself to a bulldozer, tying yourself to a tree, sitting down in the middle of a busy intersection — nothing shows a protester’s commitment to a cause like the act of stubbornly getting in the way. Yesterday’s parliamentary protesters slowed things down by supergluing themselves to the stone railing of the public gallery in the House of Representatives. Superglue’s bond forms a kind of acrylic resin, which is why it’s so hard to unstick. One of Ms Tips’ colleagues has had many a mishap with superglue — the colleague would not elaborate on the reasons behind this —  and tells us that the quickest way to dissolve superglue’s plasticky bond is to use acetone, which can be found in nail polish remover or at your local hardware store. It’s unlikely that the highly flammable chemical would be allowed in Parliament House, so security had to make do with the next best option: hand sanitiser, which is made up of a mix of alcohol and water. Would protesters have been better off using rubber cement? It forms a less brittle bond than superglue does. If anyone has any better suggestions, let us know.

Peter Fray

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