One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has taken a swipe at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Hanson said that she was “not impressed” by Thunberg’s speech to the United Nations at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” said Thunberg, who began a lone protest outside the Swedish parliament more than a year ago that culminated in Friday’s global climate strikes.
“I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money,” Thunberg said.
“You are failing us.”
Pauline Hanson took a swipe at the young activist during an appearance on Sky News, saying that the 16-year-old is “voicing what other people have put into her head” and her parents are to blame.
The politician then went on to blame the education system for teaching children about climate change.
“It’s very biased. It’s not a balanced view and this is why children are faced with anxiety, panic attacks, and they feel the world is coming to an end, and it’s doomed,” she said.
When discussing last week’s climate strike, Hanson slammed the decision to let children take the day off school.
“How much effort would these kids put into it if they had to go on a weekend? You know, their own time. It was great to take a day off school. It was hyped up by the media and by everyone and I think it’s disgraceful.”
Watch Greta Thunberg impassioned speech here: