These Students Confronting The Aussie Prime Minister Will Restore Your Faith In Teenagers

Tony Abbott got more than he bargained for when he let a bunch of high school kids ask him some questions. Like climate change, asylum seekers, same sex marriage and gender equality.

1. Tony Abbott recently took some time to chat to a group of school kids on an excursion in Canberra. Props to him. Of course, when he said he’d answer some questions, he probably didn’t quite expect what happened next.

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2. The kids, in Year 9 at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, start off by asking why he got rid of the Carbon Tax. The PM gives a pretty standard answer.

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3. The next question was a bit trickier.

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4. At this point the PM seems to get an idea of the kind of crowd he’s facing, and somewhat awkwardly tries to answer.

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5. But the kids don’t let him off the hook.

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6. So he decides it time for a “bloke” to speak.

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7. But it doesn’t get any better for him.

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8. This is clearly not what he thought he was getting into.

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9. He takes one final question, and it’s a doozy.

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10. He argues that he doesn’t buy into the belief that only women can make decisions for women.

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11. When pressed, he pulls out the old “if we were talking about men, you’d think differently” chestnut.

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12. Watch the whole exchange below, and rejoice that the youth aren’t so disengaged after all.

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Jenna Guillaume is a senior editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
 
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