SENATOR John Madigan treated Wagga High School students to a lesson in blacksmithing yesterday, saying it was time politicians got out and into the community.
Senator Madigan spent an hour showing students how to blacksmith, creating a Ned Kelly-style helmet to present to the school, before giving a speech to students about leadership.
The parliamentarian said he believed it was time politicians left their offices to speak with professionals who worked out in the field.
"I've had enough of these reports by 'nuff nuffs'," Senator Madigan said.
"Politicians need to be leaving their offices and actively being a part of the life in the major institutions in our communities (like schools)."
The senator said he believed it was a lesson Prime Minister Julia Gillard could do with after her appearance on Monday night at an RSL Club at Rooty Hill, in Sydney's west.
"The public deserve more than just photo opportunities," he said.
"They deserve to have access to their politicians."