By Situation Theatre 27/8/2019
The former Liberal Party Minister for Education and Defence has become trapped inside the mind of Q & A student panellist Willoughby Duff and is making the poor kid insufferable.
Q & A producers have given Gary Sweet a call, asking if he remembered much from his Police Rescue days that would help free Duff from expressing these terrible conservative opinions
Sweet is optimistic about the operation but is concerned about the lasting psychological impact on Duff of being forced to express irrational, immoral, and downright dangerous opinions on national television.
It was obvious it was really Pyne was speaking from the outset, with Duff’s response to the first question wildly against his own interests as a young person who probably still wants to be alive in 2050.
150,000 young people in Australia and 1.5 million across the world attended the School Strike 4 Climate in March this year. Both major parties dismissed the strikes and told these young people to go back to school. Since then, we’ve seen increasing investment in fossil fuel, the approval of the Adani mine, a disappointing outcome for our regional neighbours at the Pacific Leaders Forum and Queensland Labor changing its stance to pro-coal. How do you expect young people to support either of these major parties when both seem to be complicit on destroying our air, land and water resources?
WILLOUGHBY DUFF, KENNEDY BAPTIST COLLEGE, PERTH WA
Thank you for your question, Daphne, and I do think it is important that we do act on climate change. At the same time, as well – I know Varsha mentioned about the economy – we need to remember that the coal industry not only makes thousands of jobs for regional Australians as well, but it also makes up a lot of our exports as well. So it’s actually creating and generating billions of dollars for the Australian economy. And that’s something that we really do need to bear in mind. In terms of what action is being taken now, I understand the Liberal Party has implemented a Climate Solutions Fund. Whether this will be effective is to be seen. (CHUCKLES)
It’s sickening to see the damaging effects of Liberal ideology on one so young.
We can only hope that once Pyne no longer occupies Duff's mind, he befriends Gosford High’s Varsha Yajman, who helped organise the School Strike 4 Climate and actually knows what she’s talking about."