Green in hot water for encouraging student protest

March 14, 2019

Greens candidate for the NSW seat of Bega and high school teacher Will Douglas is facing a departmental investigation after urging students­ to sign up for tomorrow's activist­-promoted “climate change strike”.

The Conservative Party regards climate alarmism and this kind of political activism by teachers as leftist-driven insanity.

The Daily Telegraph reports, the NSW Education Department is investigating “serious questions” over Mr Douglas’s actions at a youth forum last week where, after introducing himself as a teacher, Mr Douglas urged students: “Please don’t forget March 15, the climate strike”.

“If there’s something happening at your school, will you please get online and register because there’s a whole community out there wanting to support­ you guys, young people, in that strike,” he said.

The schoolstrike4climate.com website encourages students to play truant­ to “show our politicians that we’re serious about climate change”. It is also linked to the hardline Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said teachers should remain neutral on political matters under the Education Department’s code of conduct and Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News he agrees.

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