Controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson holds a special talk for Scott Morrison, Jacinta Price and One Nation politicians in Parliament House
- Canadian psychologist spoke to a ‘packed’ room of Australian politicians
- Invitations sent out by Liberal Nationals Senator Matt Canavan on Thursday
- Scott Morrison sat in the front row as did former defence minister Andrew Hastie
- Country Liberal senator Jacinta Price was also there, as were One Nation MPs
Controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has given a speech in Parliament House to conservative MPs including Scott Morrison.
Dr Peterson, who is in Australia for a speaking tour, addressed a ‘packed’ room of politicians and their staff in a committee room on Thursday.
Liberal National senator Matt Canavan sent out a low-key invitation earlier in the day for the lunchtime event and security was posted at the door.
Attendees included former prime minister Mr Morrison, Country Liberal senator Jacinta Price, and former defence minister Andrew Hastie.
Controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson has given a speech in Parliament House to conservative MPs including Scott Morrison in the front row, Jacinta Price (background) and Andrew Hastie (right)
One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts were also believed to have shown up to the event.
‘Democracy is about the contest of ideas. You don’t have to agree with everything that people say but you have to be prepared to listen,’ Mr Hastie wrote online.
‘I enjoyed listening to Jordan Peterson make a reasoned argument in parliament today with [Mr Morrison and senators Canavan and Price] and other colleagues and members of the Aussie public.’
Mr Hastie’s photo showed Dr Peterson speaking in the committee room with Mr Morrison and Mr Hastie in the front row and Senator Price in the second.
Senator Canavan mocked Australians on Twitter who were unimpressed with Mr Peterson being invited to air his controversial views in Parliament House.
‘The lefty meltdown about Jordan Peterson is hilarious… even better than the talk,’ he wrote.
During his rise to fame, Dr Peterson has described himself as a ‘professor against political correctness’.
The 60-year-old has been particularly outspoken about masculinity and has previously stated that the masculine spirit is ‘under assault’.
More to come.
Inside Dr Peterson’s past scandals
2016: Slammed proposed Canadian legislation that would ban discrimination based on ‘gender identity or gender expression’, claiming it would threaten free speech
2017: Claimed that ‘the idea of white privilege is absolutely reprehensible’ because ‘most people have all sorts of privilege’
2018: Told British TV network Channel 4 that men need to ‘grow the hell up’ and ‘adopt responsibility’ while discussing the crisis of masculinity. Also claimed that the gender pay gap was not ‘only due to sex’
2019: Cambridge University withdrew Peterson’s fellowship after facing furious backlash for announcing ten-part lecture series
2020: Peterson’s daughter Mikhaila revealed that he had been hospitalized in Russia after developing a severe dependence on anti-anxiety medication benzodiazepines. She claimed that he ‘nearly died several times… from what the medical system did to him in the West’
Late 2020: Staff at Penguin Random House Canada attempt to block the publication of his self-help book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, slamming Peterson as an ‘icon of white supremacy and hate speech’
2021: Tells The Sunday Times that he had become suicidal as a result of his benzodiazepine dependence and shared that he had to be put in an induced coma while hospitalized in Russia
May 2022: Calls plus-size Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model ‘not beautiful,’ and further claiming ‘no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.’