Guest essay by Eric Worrall
How do you keep radical greens on side, by supporting the climate change school strikes, yet maintain the moral high ground on children’s Education standards? Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is market testing what he hopes is a workable compromise.
Protest climate after school hours, Shorten tells kids
By Nick Pearson 12:13pm Mar 14, 2019
Children should protest on weekends or after school rather than participating in tomorrow’s walkout over climate change, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.
“Kids are allowed to have an opinion,” he told reporters in Melbourne this morning.
“In an ideal world, they would protest after school hours and on weekends.“
But he said it was “a bit rich for the government to lecture schoolkids”.
“This government’s been on strike about climate policy for the last five-and-a-half years,” he said.
“They’re really not the best role models for the kids on climate policy, are they?”
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I admire the effort, but I don’t think this idea will fly. Children might be happy to sacrifice their school hours to demand climate action, but get real – how many children would sacrifice their X-Box time for the sake of the planet?