They unrolled a banner while former Speaker Anna Burke was answering a question, chanting “No cuts, no fees, no corporate universities!
“Chris Pyne get out, we know what you’re all about!”
“You’re doing yourself no favours,” said Tony Jones.
But the protestors would not relent, leaving the show unable to get back on track.
“Does this mean you won’t have me again?” Pyne joked to Jones.
While the noise levels increased Jones was unable to hear directives from Producers.
“I can’t hear you,” he said before adding, “I think we’re going to have to but that’s really Peter’s (McEvoy producer) decision. I can’t hear you.”
Eventually the ABC had to scramble a previous episode with a musical performance while the protestors were removed.
“We had a little musical interlude there while we get democracy back on track,” said an apologetic Jones.
“Apologies to the minister, apologies to everyone on the panel, apologies to the wider audience.
“That is not what we want to happen on this programme. That is not what democracy is all about and those students should understand that.
“However we do understand the passions raised by this issue…” he said before continuing with questions.”