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The Prime Minister’s latest climate denial obfuscation to the Lowe Institute takes aim at the UN, which he refers to as an ‘unaccountable  internationalist bureaucracy’. A complete disgrace.

We are in uncharted waters and we don’t need another ‘business as usual politician’ in the pocket of the US.

Young people are rightly concerned, and their calls for climate action are the ripples of a groundswell of action which is unprecedented and it has been wonderful to see parents encourage action by their children.

Having worked in schools for almost 20 years and encountered a great many young people concerned, dismayed, disheartened and feeling powerless about the environment, it is way overtime for them to be able to have their voices and their votes counted.

Is it any wonder youth anxiety is on the rise?

Any words of positivity I’ve offered to students at the time often feel very shallow in the face of their blindingly obvious facts and concerns.

In a culture being systematically dumbed down and prepared for war by gratuitous violence as entertainment, junk media and personalities, together with endless time wasting internet games or actual violence being streamed live, adults have no more ethical or moral authority to vote for frauds and shysters than the young.

Why shouldn’t 16-year-olds have a vote? Anyone have a convincing, factual argument against that? Let’s hear it, really.

Parents and teachers and all those who work with young people and are concerned for the future of this planet, it is not business as usual, it is time to change.

Please encourage more student action on the street and calls to your local MPs to lower the voting age.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Okay Murray you have just preach us all regarding
    “It’s time for a change ”
    Firstly what have you done as a individual to minimize your carbon footprint? And yes it is any
    Wonder our youth are feeling Eco anxiety with all this BS end of world Propaganda. Thousands of our youth are seeing psychologists accross Australia with concerns of the world ending .
    The psychologist are concerned with this behavior
    And rightly so…now regarding the UN / IPCC
    UN the traveling cocktail party !! Cant even run there own budget . They are effectively Bankrupt
    And we are expected to accept there Data ..Please !! Prediction after predictions have all come to
    Nothing Murray..here’s one ..the UN / Predicted in 1989, entire nations, could be wiped of the face of
    the earth by rising sea levels if the Global warming
    Trend is not reversed by the year 2000 / uh wrong again ..Murray Sydney harbours sea level rise over the past 140 years 0.Ocm ..this is how crazy this hysteria is, our own Shire declared a Climate emergency.. please !! Its got to stop ..

  2. Barrow…… forget the ever ‘winging’ & start to see while
    learning the positives the kids are instilling in us is
    definitely caring. They know & understand free speech
    & it’s healthy. So, quit blowing bubbles of half snippets
    on the world stage & opinions that don’t deliver, mate.
    Change is here, like it or not. Also – the only ‘unaccount
    -able international mouthpiece [AKA Morrison]’ is ‘the
    mouth’ causing disruption in the land of Oz. He’s a
    disgrace to the office he holds. There’s nothing to trust
    in the man & that includes all staffers – cringing lilies.

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