Abbott: Maurice Newman Must Go
Did you know that climate change is a conspiracy created by the UN to achieve world domination? A claim that would be funny if it hadn't come from the chairman of Tony Abbott's Business Advisory Council, Maurice Newman.
"Why with such little evidence, does the UN insist the world spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on futile climate change policies?"
As the world begins to mobilise and take action on climate change, the Abbott Government has consistently embarrassed us on the global climate stage. Abbott has abolished the Climate Commission, scrapped the carbon tax and cut science funding while financing climate contrarians like Bjorn Lomborg. Enough is enough. No longer can we tolerate blatant dismissal of the science behind climate change. With Maurice Newman's misinformed voice in Abbott's ear we'll never get the action on climate change that we, and our future generations, need. Sign the petition and demand Abbott get rid of the 'Newman negligence'.
Even Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has distanced himself from Newman's statements - and when your climate denialism is too much for Hunt, you know you've gone too far. If you're not completely convinced, let's not forget Newman's support of the GP co-payment from last year, saying "Yes there should be a basic safety net, I don't think anyone would disagree, but my safety net and your safety net are very different things" - undoubtably the words of someone unfit to own influence in Australian Government.
The Canberra Times have been kind enough to compile some of Newman's more spectacular comments on the threat of climate change. Have read, get outraged, share the petition:
"Man-made 'carbon pollution' has become the shorthand rallying cry that unites global warming believers. The notion is a figment. It is made up. It is rooted in anti-capitalist, anti-growth green ideology that, for too long, has been bullied into our consciousness as science." – The Australian, March 27, 2015
"The political left has seized on climate change as the new Marxism. It rejects empirical evidence which is inconvenient and promotes dubious and sometimes fabricated science as proven. In true totalitarian style it seeks to shut down debate and ruin the careers and reputations of those who dare to oppose the orthodoxy." – The Australian, January 20, 2015
"[Christine] Milne's prescription for a vibrant Australian economy includes 'keeping the renewable energy target at 41,000 gigawatt-hours', 'stopping new coalmines', 'no coal-seam gas' and 'no new ports'. 'Jobs will come from green energy,' Milne assures us. She could have added, there are fairies at the bottom of her garden." – The Australian, November 7, 2014
"At the same time, like primitive civilisations offering up sacrifices to appease the gods, many governments, including Australia's former Labor government, used the biased research to pursue 'green' gesture politics. If the world does indeed move into a cooling period, its citizens are ill-prepared." – The Australian, August 14 2014