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To Malcolm Turnbull’s government, climate change is a joke

Coalition MPs giggle, cackle, smirk and laugh in Parliament over climate change, Independent Australia , Simon Black Many of our current crop of conservative politicians laugh like naughty children whenever climate change is brought up. This can’t be how the world ends 

NERO NEVER FIDDLED while Rome burned.

It is a popular myth, but it’s simply not true — there were no fiddles back in Roman times.

Nero is, however, reported to have sung a song about the sacking of Troy while watching as 70 per cent of Rome was swallowed by flames in a single blistering gulp.

Some of our current crop of politicians have gone one better — they now laugh like small children whenever climate change is brought up.

This week, the conservative side of politics continued what seems to be the running gag of climate change for the during a motion by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling for recognition of Australia’s climate scientists.

Whish-Wilson told the floor and later posted on social media, that it was “the angriest I have ever been in the Senate” as he watched members of the house openly mock climate scientists.

Liberal Senator James McGrath stood to read what appeared to be his party’s talking points in a deadpan monotone stopping a number of times to smirk and chuckle.

Leader of the Australian Conservatives Party, Cory Bernardi, rose to make a point of order, informing the house that it was, in fact, he who had been raucously laughing.

Presumably, he was concerned the people who voted him in would be upset if he wasn’t earning his base pay of $199,040 a year by chuckling his way through Senate motions.

Nice work if you can get it.

It’s part of a trend in Australian politics for conservatives to openly mock, laugh and ridicule climate change, even as the Great Barrier Reef bleaches and dies, even as we notch up record hot year after record hot year, even as natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma increase in frequency and intensity worldwide.

When asked about climate change in June this year by a Liberal colleague, Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg had a good laugh.

He spent 30 seconds answering the question and then two-and-a-half minutes openly laughing about an interview where Labor MP Andrew Leigh mentioned climate change could have an impact on the ski season.

“He’s just worried about one thing: losing the ski season,” guffawed Frydenberg.

Someone else who is worried about the ski season is the CSIRO, who warned climate change could shrink Australia’s ski season by 80 days a year by 2050.

But never let reality get in the way of a good joke.

And it seems there’s nothing funnier than the threat posed by climate change — once described by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (before he was Prime Minister) as  “catastrophic”.  ……..–not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-chuckle,10722


September 18, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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  1. One has to wonder what sort of household these Liberals were brought up in. Laughing at someone else misfortune was frowned upon in my family. Laughing at the planet’s misfortune and at 97% of the world’s trained-scientists for warning us is plain stupidity… Again, I wonder about their collective past. Climate change is no more a myth than the bush fires that plague our regions or the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. It is no laughing matter for the people whose homes, livelihoods and lives are destroyed by such events, especially when the Insurance industry fails to provide assistance due to the increased risk of climate change.

    Most people get it, fortunately and that is all well and good, because a small cabal of incumbent politicians do not. These idiots (and I moderate my tone) are the very people who ignore the warnings and are guilty of dereliction of duty. They have a duty, by their very presence in parliament, to pretect the country and its citizens from harm. They understand the old fashioned threats of war and of terrorism but fail to grasp the greatest threat ever to mankind, Climate Change.

    I only hope that civilisation has not been pushed so far into retreat by climate change, within their lifetimes, that they cannot be held accountable, not just for ignoring the warnings but for mocking the messengers.

    Comment by David Leigh | September 18, 2017 | Reply

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