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John Hewson warns on flagrant dishonesty of Australian politicians on climate change

Fake news, politicians’ dishonesty skewing climate debate, John Hewson warns, ABC News, 23 Apr 17 Politicians are getting away with flagrant dishonesty as a shift from fact to opinion colours the political debate around climate change, former Liberal leader John Hewson says.

Key points:

  • There’s a a lack of evidence in public debate, John Hewson says
  • He says politicians either ignore climate change or attempt to use issue to score points
  • Australia has reached a point where facts are of lesser value than opinions, he says

Dr Hewson was speaking in the run-up to today’s Global March for Science, with gatherings taking place in 12 Australian cities and towns as well as in Washington DC and other centres worldwide.

He told AM he initially decided to get involved because he was concerned about the “the lack of evidence being used as the basis of public policy”.

“I think science is probably more useful and more relevant to society today than it’s probably ever been. But there’s been a widening gap between science and the public,” he said.

“We see science funding being cut. We see, obviously, a lack of evidence in public debate. We see attacks on scientists, as we’ve seen in the climate change debate.

“And I think we need to stop and recognise the significance of science and the importance of funding it properly and using the evidence that it produces as the basis of good public policy.”

He said climate change was the most significant challenge faced by society today, but said politicians were playing politics with it…….

“People like John Howard in the past have admitted that they did deliberately play short-term politics and they remain an agnostic when it comes to climate. But you know, it’s not a question of religion. It is a question of science and scientific fact.”

Asked if Australians were seeing “more flagrant dishonesty” from their politicians”, he said “yes”……http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/john-hewson-pleads-for-politicians-to-go-back-to-evidence/8463782

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April 24, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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