High school students from across Australia have staged a 'sit-in' inside the lobby of Parliament House after their requests to speak with the prime minister about climate change were ignored - earning them a three-month ban from the premises.
Students from Scott Morrison's southern Sydney electorate of Cook - as well as Townsville, Melbourne, Castlemaine and Brisbane - travelled to Canberra to confront the prime minister on climate change on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Mr Morrison said he would sit down with the school students, a week after he criticised them for skipping school to stage national strikes.
"I'm always happy to listen. I respect everybody's views," he told reporters on Wednesday morning.
"We don't always have to agree on everything, you know, but we do have to respect each other and we do have to take each other's views seriously."
Despite the prime minister's words, he's yet to meet with the 100-strong student group, whose protest was moved to the lawns outside Parliament House by security.
Senate President Scott Ryan announced the group's actions had earned them a three-month ban from Parliament House after question time wrapped up on Wednesday.
He said the group had "behaved in a manner contrary to the requirements of visitors to Parliament House".
"As everyone is aware, there is an authorised assembly area at the front of this building, specifically designated for groups to conduct their activities, without causing disruptions to the business of the parliament, those who work here and those visiting," he told senators.
Crossbench MP Kerryn Phelps and Greens senator Jordon Steele-John both took time to meet with the students.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale praised the group.
"The reason we had young people in parliament today protesting is because the Liberal and Labor party are not listening to them," he told reporters.
It was a sentiment echoed by the students gathered outside, including 14-year-old Tully Bowtell-Young who travelled solo from Townsville to be there - using her own pocket money to help cover costs.
"I think it's worthwhile because nothing I have now is going to mean anything if I don't have a future in this world," she told AAP.