Protesters Derail Former Australian Prime Minister's Appearance at Sydney University

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had an appearance at the University of Sydney derailed on September 1 after students took to the campus in protest, including using megaphones in the room in which he was due to speak.

This footage, filmed by Honi Soit, shows students chanting “Malcolm Turnbull, get out, we know what you’re all about”, during an event organised by the university’s Law Society as part of a series of alumni speeches.

“This man and his party have literally been one of the single most damaging forces to higher education, to climate change, to refugee policy, to welfare crisis faced by students across this country,” a young woman with a megaphone can be heard shouting.

The former Liberal party leader condemned the actions of the protesters, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, labelling it a “dreadful state of affairs” and “a very sad day” for his alma mater.

In an Instagram post by Socialist Alternative, one of the groups involved in the protest, they said “We don’t think this Liberal or any, should be allowed to speak on campus… We successfully shut down this event and will do it again anytime he or other Liberals show their faces”. Credit: Honi Soit via Storyful

Video transcript

- It is my job to make you do it.

STUDENTS: Shame!

[MUTED]

STUDENTS: Shame!

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Our friend from the Education Office has got a limited understanding of geography if he thinks most of--

[LAUGHTER]

- Your life are being worried by scum. You don't listen to anyone's baloney.

- Exactly!

- How are you reprehensible in the Law Society? You know, a student group is the group that has invited someone like this on the campus under the guise of free speech, when this man and his party have literally been one of the single most damaging forces for higher education, to climate change, to refugee policy, to welfare crises faced by students across this country. Over the last 20 years, the coalition Government have literally destroyed our ability to access welfare payments as young people. They have raised our University fees. Right? That is reprehensible. Reprehensible for all societies living here. To then go unilaterally to declare, this man has anything of value to say to you for the next hour. When truly he doesn't. When truly he is totally contrasted to other people who have been invited as part of this series.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: All right, tone down. Let me respond. I think our friends have come in with the loudest things, given the case, how little respect they have for any of you, by coming on here with loud--

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- They have absolutely no respect for a man who [INAUDIBLE], who has tortured refugees. Why do I respect you when we--

- Right. That is reprehensible. Reprehensible. Because--

STUDENTS (CHANTING): Trust your process. What we call the process. Malcolm Turnbull. Get out. We know what you're all about. Trust your process. What we call the process. Malcolm Turnbull. Get out. We know what you're all about. Trust your process. What we call the process. Malcolm Turnbull. Get out. We know what you're all about. Trust your process. What we call the process--

- and gentlemen, [INAUDIBLE] please. Please.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]