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Coalition MPs squabble over climate science as Australia burns

New Daily, Daniel McCulloch  13 Dec 19,  Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie has blasted an “irrational” state colleague for daring to link the NSW bushfires to climate change.

The federal agriculture minister has gone on the attack against Liberal MP and NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean after he broke ranks to criticise the Morrison government’s climate policies.

Their ugly public stoush has dragged on for several days.

Until Mr Kean’s extraordinary intervention this week, state and federal Coalition ministers spent weeks arguing there were no direct links between climate change and the bushfire crisis.

He inflamed the internal spat after suggesting he would rather listen to climate scientists than the federal frontbencher on the effects of global warming.

But Senator McKenzie said “I actually have a science degree – I am one of the few in parliament that does”.

“That’s what gets me a little frustrated about the irrational conversation we’re having on this topic,” she said on Friday. ….

December 13, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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