Old school Abbott thinks coding is a joke

Tony Abbott embarrassed himself in Question Time today when he dismissed Bill Shorten’s plan to introduce coding into every primary and secondary school in Australia.

One minute he ridiculed the policy, the very next answer he was bragging it was already being done.

When asked by Bill Shorten if he would support Labor’s plan to ensure every primary and secondary student in Australia was taught coding, the language of the 21st century, Tony Abbott said:

Let’s just understand exactly what the Leader of the Opposition has asked. He said that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do? Seriously? Seriously?

TONY ABBOTT – 27 MAY 2015

The very next question, Tony Abbott said:

“We are doing it Madam Speaker, we are doing it”

TONY ABBOTT – 27 MAY 2015

Malcolm Turnbull clearly does not think coding is a joke. He has said:

“ICT skills such as coding should not be only subjects offered in years 10-12, that’s too late. We have to get to students as young as five or six.”

MALCOLM TURNBULL – 24 FEBRUARY 2015

 And:

“We need to expose more students to coding so they are inspired to create, build and develop new technologies rather than just being passive users of it.”

MALCOLM TURNBULL – 15 MAY 2015

Bill Shorten has a vision to make sure the next generation are equipped with the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Part of that vision is that every primary and secondary school in the country will teach coding.

As Bill Shorten said in his budget-in-reply:

“Coding is the literacy of the 21st century, and under Labor, every young Australian will have a chance to read, write, and work with the global language of the digital age…Digital technologies, computer science, and coding, the language of computers and technology, should be taught in every primary and every secondary school in Australia, and a Shorten Labor government will make this a national priority.”

BILL SHORTEN – BUDGET-IN-REPLY – 14 MAY 2015 

There is only one leader who has a vision for the future of this country and a plan to realise that vision. The uncomfortable truth for the Liberals is that leader is Bill Shorten, not Tony Abbott.

 

WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY 2015

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