Waleed Aly and Steve Price clash on The Project

Waleed Aly and Steve Price debate about the parliament protestors on The Project. Source: YouTube

You might remember hearing about the protestors, who super glued their hands to the railing and shut down Question Time in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

They also protested on Thursday morning, unravelling a banner on the front of Parliament House and dying the water in the fountain red to protest against offshore detention.

It seems everyone has an opinion on whether the protestors were right or wrong.

Read more: Protestors breach security at Parliament House again

If you missed The Project last night, you missed a fiery debate between Waleed Aly, Dr Chris Brown and Steve Price on the issue.

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Aly said to Price “You love seeing people rail against the elites, you are a lover of free speech. I can only assume you are on these guys’ side?”

Price fired back at The Project co-host telling him he made the wrong assumption.

“Free speech shouldn’t mean a free-for-all,” he said.

“The mistake that the feral protesters made was storming into the chamber and disrupting our democracy.

“That was Question Time… If they hadn’t disrupted the central workplace of the Parliament, I wouldn’t have a problem with it.”

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Aly responded by saying “that is part of the process of democracy, that is protest”.

The debate went on, with Aly “fact-checking” Price over his claims that a wall was going to be built at Parliament House because of the protest.

Aly said the wall had been planned for some time, and not as a result of the protestors.

Read more: Waleed Aly, Steve Price butt heads over Nauru

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Soon enough, panellist Dr Chris Brown – the infamous ‘Bondi Vet’ – got involved.

He began speaking in support of the protestors before Price cut him and off said “for God’s sake”.

The vet was arguing that the protest took place inside because it wouldn’t have been covered by the media otherwise.

Price fired back at his comments.

“‘Yes, they will. Chris! You are a sensible man. Why are you parroting this nonsense?” he said.

Who do you side with on this debate?


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