Coalition MP’s shocking comment to climate change protesters


Liberal National Party MP Keith Pitt told ABC radio yesterday morning that the protesters should be ashamed of themselves.

Queensland MP Keith Pitt hit back at protesters yesterday morning. Picture: News CorpSource:News Regional Media

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets last Friday, calling for Mr Morrison to be sacked.

The Sack ScoMo protests, organised by Uni Students for Climate Justice, were held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, where the rain did little to dampen the mood of the large crowds.

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Protesters hold placards during a 'Sack ScoMo' climate change rally in Sydney on Friday, January 10, 2020. Picture: Steven Saphore/AAP

Protesters hold placards during a ‘Sack ScoMo’ climate change rally in Sydney on Friday, January 10, 2020. Picture: Steven Saphore/AAPSource:AAP

Tens of thousands of people joined the protest all over the country. Picture: Steven Saphore/AAP

Tens of thousands of people joined the protest all over the country. Picture: Steven Saphore/AAPSource:AAP

Mr Pitt said protesters should be fighting fires instead. Picture: Steven Saphore/AAP

Mr Pitt said protesters should be fighting fires instead. Picture: Steven Saphore/AAPSource:AAP

Mr Pitt believes the protests were a waste of time, and people should have volunteered at their local fire brigade instead.

“I stand by my comments,” he told news.com.au today.

“I have always supported an individual’s democratic right to protest.

“(But) now is not the time for protesters to be tying up critical police and other emergency service resources, blocking roads and potentially delaying the delivery of disaster relief.”

Uni student Matt Gerrard went to the protest on Friday and was not impressed with Mr Pitt’s comments.

“He’s impulsive and ignorant of people’s concerns,” Mr Gerrard told news.com.au.

Matt Gerrard at the Sack ScoMo protest last Friday. Picture: Instagram

Matt Gerrard at the Sack ScoMo protest last Friday. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram

“I think he should consult with the RFS to see if they want 40,00 untrained civilians going into the front lines of the fires.

“He was essentially taking it out on protesters and ignoring his own inaction … passing on the blame to someone else.”

Mr Gerrard said this blame culture in politics was part of the reason he marched on Friday.

“The obvious concern is that we are getting to a stage where inaction is going to have much greater consequences than we can probably deal with,” he said.

“What we’re doing at the moment is not forward thinking at all. They’re just hiding under a rock.”





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