Half an hour before, Secretary of the Australian Liberal Students Federation Matthew Lesh confronted protestors as he tried to enter the book launch he was invited to. The protest was organised by the National Union of Students, of which Lesh is General-Secretary of the Victorian branch. Lesh won the General-Secretary position uncontested at last year’s National Union of Students conference.
Meanwhile, fellow NUS member Declan Murphy said it was ironic Pyne’s book was called ‘A letter to my children’, because his children would be the only young people able to afford university under the proposed reforms.
Murphy is the Victorian Education Officer of the NUS, and has been responsible for organising regular protests in Melbourne.
“Its a telling sign of where the Liberal party lines up in Australia, he’s launched it in a bank guarded by rows and rows of police officers, keeping people who are critical of his policy out while letting sycophantic people, obsequious people who support his policy in,” Murphy said.
“I think it shows what the Liberal party is all about, really.”