Hong Kong's protesters will be tomorrow's leaders

Student protesters in Hong Kong are gaining a political education that will prepare them to be future leaders of the island.

There is one thing that Australian politicians as diverse as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Peter Costello and Lindsay Tanner, among many others, all have in common: they all cut their political teeth on university campuses in the rough and tumble world of student politics. For many of these future leaders, campus political experiences were formative, paving the way for successful careers on the national stage.

Now, the current group of students leading pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are being forged as future political leaders in similar furnaces.


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