What the ABC DIDN’T reveal about their ‘random’ girl in the mall who wants to ban coal and replace Scott Morrison as Prime Minister
- Izzy Raj-Seppings appeared in the Fight for Planet A as ordinary person in mall
- The 13-year-old Sydney girl declared she wanted Australia to ban coal power
- The teen even declared she wanted to replace Prime Minister Scott Morrison
- ABC’s Craig Reucassel failed to explain Izzy’s recent past as a climate activist
The ABC failed to disclose the activist past of a 13-year-old girl who appeared in a documentary as a supposedly ordinary person on the street who wanted to ban coal.
Izzy Raj-Seppings appeared in Fight for Planet A, which screened on Tuesday, as a random Australian in the mall being asked in a ‘vox pop’ about global carbon dioxide emissions.
‘We can’t keep using coal because that is going to kill our planet. We cannot do it anymore,’ she told former Chaser comedian Craig Reucassel as he held a Chinese flag.
The ABC failed to tell viewers about the activist past of a 13-year-old girl who appeared in a documentary as an ordinary person on the street who wanted to ban coal. Izzy Raj-Seppings appeared in the Fight for Planet A program as a random Australian in the mall being asked about global carbon emissions
She then declared she wanted to replace Scott Morrison as Prime Minister, as her parents stood next to her at Chatswood on Sydney’s upmarket North Shore.
‘I’m coming for your job, Scomo,’ she said.
The ABC made no mention of how Izzy created headlines last year when she was threatened with arrest outside Kirribilli House as she picketed Mr Morrison’s official residence in a protest over climate change policies.
An ABC spokesman told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday the ‘random’ vox pop was filmed in November 2019 – a month before the protest at Kirribilli House – but the documentary was edited afterwards when the decision was made to include her.
The segment in the documentary gave viewers the impression Izzy was just another person on the street being asked to guess which nation – Australia, China, the United States, the UK or Indonesia – had the highest per capita carbon emissions.
She was the only supposedly random person on the street who correctly guessed Australia had the highest pollution levels by placing flags in the hands of people holding black balloons.
The ABC made no mention of how Izzy was last year threatened with arrest outside Kirribilli House on Sydney Harbour, as she picketed Mr Morrison’s official residence over climate change with her father
Reucassel had even suggested Izzy ‘could you possibly run our country for us?’.
‘You’re already a lot smarter than our Parliament,’ he said.
Izzy was last year dubbed Australia’s Greta Thunberg when she stood next to her father and held up a sign at the Kirribilli House protest which said: ‘Look at what you’ve left us. Watch us fight it. Watch us win.’
The New South Wales Police Force was criticised in December 2019 for over-reacting by threatening the teenager with arrest, though her father was alongside her as the officer calmly laid out the risk of arrest.
The protest was held outside the Prime Minister’s residence when he was controversially holidaying in Hawaii during the bushfire crisis.
A month later, she spoke out against the way police had ‘humiliated’ her as she gave morale support at Manly Local Court to state Greens MP David Shoebridge, who was charged with failing to obey a police direction to move on.
In January, Izzy spoke out against the way police had ‘humiliated’ her as she gave morale support at Manly Local Court to state Greens MP David Shoebridge (left), who was charged with failing to obey a police direction to move on
‘I felt like I had done something wrong, I felt like I was a criminal but I was one of the lucky ones,’ she said.
The ABC documentary told viewers each Australian produced the equivalent of 104 balloons of carbon dioxide per person per hour, compared with 89 ballooons for every American, 41 balloons for each Chinese, 33 balloons for every UK resident and 11 balloons for every Indonesian.
After iron ore, coal is Australia’s biggest export was Australia’s biggest trading partner China last year buying $10billion worth of metallurgical coal and another $7billion worth of thermal coal.