It would be optimistic to the point of foolishness to think that everyone in our parliament is a genius. That is simply not how things pan out. Nevertheless, it’s still pretty surprising to see some of the shit these people will pull in the sort-of pursuit of running the country. People like Liberal senator James McGrath, the one who made his big return to Australian politics after being too visibly racist even for British conservative wingnut Boris Johnson.

McGrath today decided to tweet his feelings about a sit-in in the foyer of Parliament House, organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in protest of the Adani coal mine:

Why don’t these ‘selfish gits’ have jobs, James? Why, that would be because a whole bunch of them are school students. Actual school students.

It did not take long for McGrath to be spectacularly owned by Tasmanian Greens senator Nick McKim:

And by a bunch of other people:

His bizarre attempts to defend himself without apologising or acknowledging that he had been a huge wiener did not make him look any better. First he tried ‘Uhh, I’m actually talking about the minority there that weren’t young people’:

Then he tried… well, whatever this is:

Despite McGrath’s claim that parliament is “for everyone“, he seemed weirdly joyous that police began moving the protesters out:

Strange, strange man.

Gemma Borgo-Caratti, director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, said they were disappointed with the response they received: “It’s a sad day for democracy when school students get kicked out of Parliament and the Prime Minister won’t answer students’ calls to meet about the greatest threat to their generation: climate change. We are going to keep fighting to shake up our political system so that our politicians represent us rather than destructive coal companies like Adani.

It’s not been a great few weeks for Queensland‘s LNP senators, with McGrath joining his colleagues Ian Macdonald and Matt Canavan in visibly sucking off coal while their state is experiencing catastrophic unseasonal bushfires. In the meantimeBarry O’Sullivan is making jokes at the expense of trans people to defend being anti-abortion. The fourth one, Amanda Stoker, has been busy talking about how Catholic schools need the autonomy to shut down any ‘gay clubs that students form.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be a Queenslander at the moment, I’ll tell you that much.

Image: AAP / Mick Tsikas