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Student revolt on Q&A

By Canfan - 5 May 2014 33

Anyone else watching the debacle on Q&A tonight?

I’m not a big fan of Christopher Pyne but wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d walked out, along with the rest of the panel.

I don’t feel like the behaviour does anything to benefit the cause of students, if anything would it perhaps be driving viewers to say ‘meh, increase the fees’?

What’s Your opinion?


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Student revolt on Q&A
Henry82 4:01 pm 06 May 14

Clearly education cuts are already in place…their banner was backwards.

dungfungus 3:21 pm 06 May 14

Eloise said :

Actually the thing I found most disturbing was John Roskam from the IPA using “we” when speaking about the government. The IPA is not part of our representative democracy yet their wish list from last years IPA dinner seems to have manifested into reality. For those who haven’t read it here it is. Feel free to tick them off as you go.

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.

2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change

3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

View remaining 71 wish list items here

Obviously you never watch Insiders where the panel (usually Fairfax Media jounalists) not surprisingly include themselves as part of the Labor Party regularly.

Eloise 2:34 pm 06 May 14

Actually the thing I found most disturbing was John Roskam from the IPA using “we” when speaking about the government. The IPA is not part of our representative democracy yet their wish list from last years IPA dinner seems to have manifested into reality. For those who haven’t read it here it is. Feel free to tick them off as you go.

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.

2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change

3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

View remaining 71 wish list items here

Madam Cholet 2:18 pm 06 May 14

I agree that students particulalrly those on tv last night are revolting.

I’m all for protest, but at least wait to hear the answers before you unfurl your banner the wrong way round and start chanting phrases no one can understand.

Whatever someone’s views, you have to do them the courtesy of showing them respect, even if it is Christopher Pyne. He’s a minister earning a motza (not the only measure of success of course), and you are a rowdy student chanting incoherently and interrupting like an utter moron showing yourself to be uneducated and possibly unworthy of any further tax payer money.

Groups like GetUp! worked because they organised the rabble. Perhaps if they stated their case better it would have been more watchable.

Christopher Pyne looked to be in his element.

dungfungus 1:39 pm 06 May 14

Funky1 said :

dungfungus said :

Roksteddy said :

dungfungus said :

theword said :

Speaks volumes for our education system doesn’t it. Obviously civility isn’t in the curriculum these days.

Would you rather apathy?

Good on them for caring about their future, I say.

You should do some research on how tough is was for uni students 40 – 50 years ago.
And young people only think about “now”, the future is an alien concept to them.

This comment ^^^ makes no sense. You mention the past then say that the future is an alien concept to them!!!

OK, I meant to say “young people today…..”

rhino 1:26 pm 06 May 14

I concur with Jivrashia

Jivrashia 11:52 am 06 May 14

But seriously, that was the most inappropriate, mindless, self-centred protest I’ve ever seen.

Rowdy protest and demonstration is an option for people to be heard when all other avenues have failed for them. Granted that there is definitely a right time and place for that.

But then here is a venue, appropriately titled QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, where their fellow students had the opportunity to pitch hard questions at Pyne, and then they lambaste the whole thing.

Was this a demonstration to show how much their education had failed them such that they’d come up with such a moronic idea?

Get a brain! Morans

Postalgeek 11:07 am 06 May 14

Yelling to drown out discussions only antagonises people. Such behaviour always has been and always will be stupid.

Funky1 10:39 am 06 May 14

dungfungus said :

Roksteddy said :

dungfungus said :

theword said :

Speaks volumes for our education system doesn’t it. Obviously civility isn’t in the curriculum these days.

Would you rather apathy?

Good on them for caring about their future, I say.

You should do some research on how tough is was for uni students 40 – 50 years ago.
And young people only think about “now”, the future is an alien concept to them.

This comment ^^^ makes no sense. You mention the past then say that the future is an alien concept to them!!!

dungfungus 10:22 am 06 May 14

Roksteddy said :

dungfungus said :

theword said :

Speaks volumes for our education system doesn’t it. Obviously civility isn’t in the curriculum these days.

Would you rather apathy?

Good on them for caring about their future, I say.

You should do some research on how tough is was for uni students 40 – 50 years ago.
And young people only think about “now”, the future is an alien concept to them.

Roksteddy 9:40 am 06 May 14

theword said :

Speaks volumes for our education system doesn’t it. Obviously civility isn’t in the curriculum these days.

Would you rather apathy?
Good on them for caring about their future, I say.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:31 am 06 May 14

It’s always fun seeing d*ckheads in the wild.

bundah 8:56 am 06 May 14

Reminded me of the demo’s in the ’70s which were a sight to behold. No harm done and great for ratings.

dungfungus 8:28 am 06 May 14

theword said :

Does anyone know where the protestors were from? I heard on ABC radio this morning that they were from the Socialist Alternative, but then I read an article in the SMH saying it was organised by the Education Action Group from the University of Sydney? In either case, they acted like numpties!

They were from Australia unfortunately.
Speaks volumes for our education system doesn’t it. Obviously civility isn’t in the curriculum these days.
The morons even unfurled their banner the wrong way around.
Jones should review security after the shoe thrower and now this.

theword 8:09 am 06 May 14

Does anyone know where the protestors were from? I heard on ABC radio this morning that they were from the Socialist Alternative, but then I read an article in the SMH saying it was organised by the Education Action Group from the University of Sydney? In either case, they acted like numpties!

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