& # 39; Brainwashed children on Q & A & # 39 ;: high school students are mocked by trolls after they have appeared in ABC & # 39; s news fair to debate climate change
- Four students appeared on the Q&A panel together with two politicians on Monday evening
- The public – which consists entirely of students – was open to their opinion
- But many viewers at home were less impressed and called & # 39; brainwashed & # 39;
High school students who appeared as panel members at a special edition of Q&A were ruthlessly mocked by trolls online after they said more needed to be done to tackle climate change.
Four teenagers appeared on Monday evening with Liberal Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Senator Kristina Keneally in New South Wales to discuss issues such as pill testing and school uniforms.
The audience – which consisted entirely of high school students – was open to their opinion, but many viewers at home were less impressed.
High school students who appeared as panel members on a special edition of Q and A were mocked ruthlessly online by trolls
The program began by discussing climate change when a female student asked the panel: & How do you expect young people to support one of the big parties when both seem to be complicit in destroying our air, land and water resources? ? & # 39;
Varsha Yajman, from Asquith in north-west Sydney, responded that no party could be trusted.
& # 39; I don't think we can (trust them) & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; We cannot support either of these parties if they do not support what we need. The reason why we have people is to support our views. & # 39;
Then student member of the Booragoon Liberal Party Willoughby Duff in southwest Perth agreed that it was essential to tackle climate change – but said the coal industry was important for the economy.
Aurora Matchett from Miranda in New South Wales said the country should focus on climate change, but William Gillett from Loxton in South Australia said he didn't believe in it.
Despite the panel's divergent opinions, many viewers named the students as & # 39; brainwashed & # 39; climate activists.
A viewer named Steve Wright called the students & # 39; pretentious little twerps & # 39 ;.
He wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Do you not only love these children who have had less than half an education and think they know everything?
& # 39; Pretentious little twerps (future green voters). Anthropogenic climate change is a hoax and the gullible left have fallen for it, hook, line and sinker. & # 39;
Another with the DClay handle added: & # 39; More brainwashed children on Q & A & # 39 ;.
Other viewers claimed that the show was left-wing propaganda, intended to promote climate action.
Dave Cheverton wrote: "Thank God only leftes look at this terrible propaganda, but what a shame the rest of us have to pay for it."
The program started with discussing climate change when a female student (photo) asked the panel: & # 39; How do you expect young people to support one of the big parties & # 39;
Other viewers struggled with the way the panel members seemed to be neatly dressed.
Boleyn Badger wrote: & Is this a show for privately trained school children? They don't seem to typify the schools my children go to. & # 39;
The public and the panel in fact represented a mix of students from private, public and Catholic schools.
There was also a barrage of annoying comments about the names, the appearance of the children and the way they spoke.
The comments were not all negative, with much support for what the students had to say.
This was particularly the case when the panel discussed Alan Jones' comments on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The radio shock jock had said in his show that someone should push a sock down her throat for preaching about climate change.
The students criticized him for the violent remark and it was well received by the many viewers.
Liberal Party student member Willoughby Duff (photo) from Booragoon in southwest Perth agreed that tackling climate change was essential
The comments were not all negative, with much support for what the students had to say
Coleen MacKinnon wrote: & # 39; Children better than the polls on this one. Alan Jones was out of use. Words have consequences and contribute to a culture of abuse. & # 39;
Gladys Berejiklian was criticized for not being tough enough against Jones, while Senator Keneally said she would tell Jones.
She revealed: & # 39; I have a very good relationship with Alan. I have known him for more than ten years.
& # 39; And I'll tell him when he's wrong. Alan was wrong. I'll see him later this week and then I'll tell him. & # 39;
Other issues discussed during the show included testing of pills, abortion and school uniform.
The students mainly agreed that uniform was a good idea because it makes students equal.
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