Ernie Christian is the local plumber, and one of the protestors living in the tent city. He's sitting beside a gas heater in the makeshift mess hall, digesting a meal of Norfolk Island beef. I ask him how long he'll stay.
"As long as it takes," he says. "I'm not leaving until we get our government back."
Ernie is known for a unique form of protest – quietly standing in close proximity with people from the Administration in public places. In cafes or at the airport terminal, Ernie attaches himself to officials. Sensing conflict, his targets move away and Ernie follows, stopping just short of them, and wearing a nonsensical grin.
"I make them uncomfortable," he says. "They've come onto my island; they've made my family uncomfortable, and they've made me uncomfortable. So I give back."