Albeit sad to hear that their politicians resorted to insults, it is amazing to hear that Australian children held protests asking for government action on climate change. They were inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old who skips school every Friday to protest outside her country's parliament. I had not realised how politically backward Australia is.
Morrison himself has long been hostile to renewable energy and in favor of coal as a source of energy. As treasurer in 2017, he famously brought a piece of coal into parliament, taunting the opposition by saying: "This is coal, don't be afraid."
His resources minister, Matt Canavan, who has disputed the science on climate change, also criticized Friday's protests, saying the children would learn only to join the queue for unemployment benefits.
"I want kids to be at school to learn about how you build a mine, how you do geology, how to drill for oil and gas," he told radio station 2GB.
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