“My life on the spectrum” – Christopher Pyne looks back on time in politics

“My life on the spectrum” – Christopher Pyne looks back on time in politics

18 March, 2015. 15:03

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact

CHRISTOPHER PYNE is celebrating his 22nd year on the political spectrum this week with a gala event at Government House on Friday.

The evening will also acknowledge the work Pyne has done with the Canberra Spectrum Society – an organisation that champions and fosters the careers of Young Liberals by making sure they enter politics early on in their lives.

Chris Pyne on the cover of SMH’s Spectrum, where he speaks about his life on the spectrum. SOURCE: FAIRFAX

In 1993, a 25-year-old Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for the South Australian seat of Sturt after completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide.

Having spent most of his life on the spectrum, Pyne is to be acknowledged for his service to the Commonwealth of Australia by Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Pyne has become known for the professional and pragmatic manner in which he interacts socially with journalists and other politicians, a technique which is now universally adopted by his party colleagues.

In addition to his unique approach to politics, Pyne has displayed behaviour, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive, which are typically abnormally intense or heavily geared toward improving the lives of all Australians – his pursuit of specific and narrow areas of interest is one his most striking features.

Christopher Pyne with David Speers on Monday night displaying an interview technique he learned at the Spectrum Society. SOURCE: SKY NEWS AU

Recently, Pyne has been lauded both nationally and internationally for his work in moving the Australian university system in to the 21st century.

Last month, the Minister was congratulated for his tireless and unwavering pursuit to reform higher education legislation by Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Ministry of Pakistan and Pyne’s brother, Brett, who’s the franchise operator of Blair Athol Tackleworld.

Despite the Labor Party, The Greens, students, parents, his own party colleagues, the senate majority and every Independent politician in Canberra telling him to abandon the higher education reforms, Pyne has stood by his word – not because he fails to understand the most basic of human emotions, but because Pyne cares about the future of young Australians.

In 2012, Pyne became a patron of the Canberra Spectrum Society, just prior to the 2013 federal election.

The Society provides a vehicle that allows young conservatives to enter politics without first living among the public – a key criteria towards becoming a dedicated Liberal politician.

Senator Cory Bernardi also on the Spectrum board in Canberra and counts Chris Pyne as a close friend. PHOTO: APH
Senator Cory Bernardi also on the Spectrum board in Canberra and counts Chris Pyne as a close friend. PHOTO: APH

Chairman of the Canberra Spectrum Society, Senator Cory Bernardi, says that it’s about time Pyne’s love and dedication towards being on the spectrum be known to the public.

“Chris and I have been on the Spectrum board for several years now,” he said.

“We love working towards policy solutions that safeguard the future – which we wouldn’t be able to if we weren’t on the spectrum,”

“Spectrum Society members are often the target of bullying by journalists due to their idiosyncratic behavior, precise language, unusual interests, and impaired ability to perceive and respond in socially expected ways to nonverbal cues, particularly in interpersonal conflict,”

“That’s what we look for in Young Liberals and that’s what the Society looks to build on early.”






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