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Crikey says: revolting students and brilliant Pyne

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We present, without comment, an interview this morning between hard-hitting radio truth-seeker Alan Jones and Education Minister and “very good communicator” Christopher Pyne. We’ve removed Pyne’s responses because, really, they’re not necessary …

ALAN JONES: Into all of this steps Christopher Pyne, the quite brilliant advocate for the government, the Education Minister who had to, for the last week, endure the allegation that his government, the Abbott government — and he’s the leader of the House — is ripping $80 billion out of health and education. He’s on the line with more serious things to deal with. Christopher Pyne from Melbourne, good morning.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: …

ALAN JONES: People are asking today what circumstance would prevent you and Prime Minister Abbott from cancelling a visit to Deakin University in Geelong because of security concerns.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE:

ALAN JONES: So the Leader of the Government in the House and the Prime Minister yield to these thugs.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE:

ALAN JONES: But doesn’t the prime minister of Australia then say, well, I’m sorry it’s not good enough. You, the Federal Police, put whatever reinforcements are needed to guarantee the safety of these people, and if it means carting these thugs away and locking them up, well, cart them away and lock them up, but we can’t send this signal to the world that a prime minister and a senior minister are going to be intimidated by thugs.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: …

ALAN JONES: I find that astonishing, but it’s a funny world we live in and a very sad world if it’s come to this.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE:

ALAN JONES: This will embolden these people. They’ll be able to stop Hockey and anyone, Julie Bishop, go anywhere. They say, hang on, there’s a few innocent people on the sidelines might be hurt. They’ll say let’s go, we’ve knocked off Abbott, we’ve knocked off Pyne, now we take them one by one right across Australia. When does someone say this is not the way it happens?

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: …

ALAN JONES: Well, I trust you’ll remind them that there are unpaid fees owed to the taxpayer in excess of $30 billion of HECS fees aren’t paid. The poor taxpayer who’s rolled up his sleeves and gone to work and hasn’t got time to protest is funding these people.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE:

ALAN JONES: Good on you, good comment.

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  • 1
    paddy
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    LOL Glorious. Well done Crikey.

  • 2
    Mark Duffett
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Yes, very droll, but it all goes to show just how counterproductive shouting student jeer squads getting themselves on the news for jostling eminent antagonists actually are.

  • 3
    Yclept
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Strange how it still makes perfect sense without the “grub”!

  • 4
    Lionel Love
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    … and these guys claim that the ABC is biased. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so very pathetic.

  • 5
    klewso
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Polly, what a cracka!”

  • 6
    klewso
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    But “Ditch the Bitch” was all Right?

  • 7
    AR
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    This is a standard Jones session, of which Abbott is the exemplar. All that is required is the occasional murmur of assent without interrupting the flow.
    Contrast this with Hately’s Monday love-in with Morriscum - Rat doesn’t need to urge Scrott to greater bathos - he manages to plumb unknown depths all by hisself.

  • 8
    leon knight
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant Crikey - can we have some Bolt, Hadley, Akerman and Devine to go with that…..
    Lowbrow protests should not be necessary in this day and age, but they jolly well still are.

  • 9
    Pedantic, Balwyn
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised that no one congratulated Alan Jones on his very smart deflection of attention from a budget that adversely and unfairly impacted most of his listeners to something they could collectively hate smart, young people.
    Yes the old queen has served his masters well as usual.

  • 10
    Electric Lardyland
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Klewso, also alright were the Cronulla Australia Day riots and the alleged People’s Revolt.
    And it is also now such a predictable tactic of the more obnoxious and vociferous elements of the modern Right, that as soon as there’s some sort of reaction to their arrogant, bullying and aggressive actions, they immediately and frenetically rush to claim victim status for themselves.

  • 11
    zut alors
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    …Christopher Pyne, the quite brilliant advocate…’

    I had to pause here while temporarily convulsed. Usually it takes around ten seconds for Jones to lose credibility but he’s broken his own record.

  • 12
    old greybeard
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I think it shows they are sooks. Howard would never have run away like that. For god’s sake look at how the treated Gillard the gutless wonders. What Abbott is running away from is images of very considerable dissent. Were I at uni now I would be marching, because this nincompoops are utterly clueless on research, scientific findings and anything that gives a break to someone poor. Who paid their uni fees Jones?

  • 13
    Yclept
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Maybe there is a strong argument against free education - look at the incompetence of Abbott and Hockey who are products of a benevolent system. Scary really!

  • 14
    Paulg
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Abbott is a woos right? …Right. He can give but not take apparently. Check this article in Fairfax out:
    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/17/1089694611874.html

    An investigation by The Sun-Herald into Mr Abbott’s controversial student days reveals that he spawned many more enemies than friends during those heady days.

    He was a very offensive, a particularly obnoxious sort of guy,” said Barbie Schaffer, a Sydney teacher who was at Sydney University with Mr Abbott.

    He was very aggressive, particularly towards women and homosexuals”.

    Published university reports show that after a narrow defeat in the university senate elections in 1976 - Mr Abbott’s first year of an economics-law degree - he kicked in a glass panel door.”

    Fellow students recall a champion of the right”
    By Kerry-Anne Walsh and Candace Sutton
    July 18, 2004
    The Sun-Herald

  • 15
    Rortydog
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Jones is hysterical. His head is totally up his own agenda.

  • 16
    Mike Groome
    Posted Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    So was it Jones suggestion to check with the federal police!?

  • 17
    klewso
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    It’s a Gloria’s world we live in.”

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