In Australia school children are going on strike and are rallying against climate change.
And this is how politicians are answering.
The current Prime Minister Scott Morrison had this to say:
"We don't support the idea of kids not going to school to participate in things that can be dealt with outside of school," (...) "We don't support our schools being turned into parliaments. What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools."
Resources Minister Matt Canavan:
"Walking off school and protesting, you don't learn anything from that. (...) The best thing you learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue. (...) I want kids to be at school to learn about how you build a mine, how you do geology, how you drill for oil and gas, which is one of the most remarkable scientific exploits of anywhere in the world that we do," he said. These are the type of things excite young children."
To me this sounds like the government's lost touch, and this loss is at a record high even for an Australian government. I have really done it and watched a few Q&A from the cabinet. My takeaway: ScoMo has got no arguments, is constantly repeating how awesome his party is for the economy and everyone while fearmongering a (likely) Labour government after the next federal election. The way he was constantly turning each and every subject into a tirade against the opposition aka Labour and its leader Bill Shorton was tiring, redundant and infuriating.
I think this is especially significant after the landslide Labour victory one week ago in Victoria.
Out of touch, unable to think out of their conservative right wing box. Their reaction towards these smart school kids is telling. The emperor has proudly declared he's wearing no clothes but keeps on acting like a rooster.