The ABC has taken aim at Scott Morrison with a cheeky comedy sketch about his objection to a student protest against the government’s stance on climate change issues.
Satirist Mark Humphries, who is famed for his impersonation of Barnaby Joyce, stars in the skit as the government’s “spokesdude for youth affairs”, taking aim at the prime minister after he hit out at Aussie students who walked out of school on Friday to protest the Coalition’s stance on climate change.
Speaking in parliament earlier this week, Morrison claimed “what we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools”.
In the skit, Humphries tries to convince school kids that the government is cool and encourages them to go after Labor’s tax on franking credits instead.
“G’day I’m the Coalition’s spokesdude for youth affairs. It’s come to our attention that thousands of you school kids are planning a protest about climate change on Friday,” he says as he rides around joyfully in a dodgem car.
“Yass queen! Is what I would say if I was an enviro-terrorist like Richard Natale, a.k.a Osama Bin Keepcup. But as the spokesdude for youth affairs, I think it would be totally lit for you to maintain the status quo and stay in class.”
The comedic reporter goes on to say how the prime minister is “very upset” by the protest and how he “does not support our schools being turned into parliaments”.
“Indeed because if schools were like our parliament you would actually sit in class for only 13 days until April. Which is a disgrace… if you did it,” he jokes with a very serious face.
“So don’t make our prime minister angry or he’ll sentence you to detention so bad, even the UN is like ‘f**k me!'”
Humphries continues by saying how the coalition takes climate change “deadly serious”, mentioning Morrison’s “show and tell presentation” on the “pros and pros” of coal.
The skit then crosses to Morrison in parliament who very seriously says: “This is coal. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared. It won’t hurt you. It’s coal.”
“So you can throw shade all you like but I know that for us, climate change is an issue right at the front of the back of our minds,” Humphries jokes.
“That being said, if you really insist on going on strike there are more pressing issues affecting young people that you could protest against. And I’m not above dressing as a school kid to make the point.”
The reporter then goes ‘undercover’ dressed in a school uniform and pokes fun at Labor’s so-called ‘retiree tax’, urging students to protest the Opposition’s plans to put a cap on franking credits.
“Aight squad, forget climate change, lets talk about the elephant in the classroom, dividend imputation. Labor’s plan to reform franking credits is low-key class warfare,” he exclaims as the students stare at him with blank faces.
“Who wants to protest that, fam?”
That isn’t the end of Humphries’ skit either, as he finishes off on a “serious” note, taking one final swipe at Morrison.
“In all seriousness though, protesting is for thugs and French people. There is never an excuse for skipping class,” he jokes as he enjoys a massive milkshake. “Unless it’s a science class then we can write you a letter or something.”