Protester removed from Q&A audience

A protester shouting at the Q&A panel on the Gold Coast last night was removed by security during a Live broadcast.

Students and young voters in the audience at The Arts Centre Gold Coast vented against Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education.

“I think you can see this is a University town, there’s a good deal of passion here in the audience,” host Tony Jones told Birmingham.

A group of protesters also gathered outside the venue targeting ABC for not representing their view on the panel and accusations producers adopted extreme vetting for audience tickets.

In 2014 a group of Sydney students interrupted a Live broadcast to protest against then-education minister Christopher Pyne.

7 Comments:

  1. When I was at Uni in the late 90s, I was proud to be there.

    At the risk of sounding like an old man, if these protesters put half as much effort into their studies, they would have an excellent job when they leave. It’s all part of the entitlement this current generation has.

    in regards to:
    “A group of protesters also gathered outside the venue targeting ABC for not representing their view on the panel and accusations producers adopted extreme vetting for audience tickets”

    No joke, they wanted to avoid another protest on national TV. A protest is not representing your view, it’s forcing your view upon others.

    Well done to my ABC

  2. Gold Coast a ‘university town’ Tony? We don’t have university towns in Australia. You have to think of Oxford, Cambridge, Yale. Princeton etc., as genuine university towns.

  3. You don’t start repaying the debt until your income is around $50k pa. The debt generally speaking is not listed on any credit reporting and only increases by CPI. It’s a pretty good deal. While the fees are increasing we still have a better deal then many other first world countries. Education costs are increasing someone has to pay for it. The government overall still pays for the majority of the costs.

  4. Overseas students pay more again I think. Personally i don’t see that Uni should be free of fees. I think its demanding and selfish to expect that. Some do courses for a few years then drop out all together for no particular reason, which is, or would be to the Government, a waste of money. Sadly, life is hard all round. Making fees higher is not great either, but its my understanding that you don’t repay the loans until you get a job? Yes, I can understand you already have this debt when Uni is finished, so getting a loan for a home/apartment would make it likely impossible. Maybe the Government themselves could offer Uni people who have finished their courses special home loans at a more discounted pay back price, and add to their Uni fees so its all one debt?

    • Foreign students have to pay the full fees before being accepted. Too many people at Uni these days anyway with few or no prospects when they graduate.

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