Australian political denial

Liberal politicians' stance on climate change science - Hopefully, this is out of date and they all accept it.



House of Representatives


House of Representatives


Abbott, Tony

Abetz, Eric (Tas)

Alexander, John

Birmingham, Simon (SA)

Andrews, Karen

Back, Christopher (WA)

Billson, Bruce

Boyce, Sue (Qld)

Andrews, Kevin

Bernadi, Cory (SA)

Briggs, Jamie

Brandis, George (Qld)

Bishop, Bronwyn

Bushby, David (Tas)

Broadbent, Russell

Cormann, Mathias (WA)

Gash, Joanna

Cash, Michaelia (WA)

Buchholz, Scott

Fifield, Mitch (Vic)

Haase, Barry

Edwards, Sean (SA)

Ciobo, Steven

Heffernan, Bill (NSW)

Hawke, Alex

Eggleston, Alan (WA)

Fletcher, Paul

Humphries, Gary (ACT)

Jensen, Dennis

Fawcett, David (SA)

Frydenburg, Josh

Payne, Marise (NSW)

Jones, Ewen

Fierravanti-Wells, C. (NSW)

Hockey, Joe

Smith, Dean (WA)

Keenan, Michael

Johnston, David (WA)

Hunt, Greg


Kelly, Craig

Kroger, Helen (Vic)

Irons, Steve


Matheson, Russel

MacDonald, Ian (Qld)

Laming, Andrew


Mirabella, Sophie

Mason, Brett (Qld)

Ley, Sussan


Ramsey, Rowan

Parry, Stephen (Tas)

Macfarlane, Ian


Randall, Don

Ronaldson, Michael (Vic)

Marino, Nola


Robb, Andrew

Ryan, Scott (Vic)

Morrison, Scott


Robert, Stuart


Moylan, Judi


Schulz, Alby


O'Dwyer, Kelly


Secker, Patrick


Prentice, Jane


Simpkins, Luke


Pyne, Christopher


Wyatt, Ken


Roy, Wyatt




Ruddock, Philip




Smith, Tony




Southcott, Andrew




Stone, Sharman




Tehan, Dan




Tudge, Alan




Turnbull, Malcolm




Washer, Mal





For a full list of  the views of politicians of all parties go to:

House of Reps:


Abbott confused about carbon tax:

Abbott’s business adviser despises wind, doubts climate change

Yesterday (28th Jan 2013)  Opposition Leader Tony Abbott launched a policy statement which was described as the direction, values and policy priorities of the next Coalition government. It contained no additional detail on climate change policy beyond what was outlined in the Coalition's 2010 election policy, which was largely expected. But what was more unnerving was outlined under economic policy:

“We will establish a new Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council to advise the Executive Government on developing the economy. The Business Advisory Council will be chaired by leading Australian business leader Mr Maurice Newman.”

Maurice Newman has an impressive business pedigree. He was Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange and also rose through the management of what is now Deutsche Bank’s Australian subsidiary (acquired by Deutsche Bank in the 1990s) before becoming its executive chairman. This comes on top of a range of other senior business and government positions including chair of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
But he has also made a range of public statements that indicate his advice to Abbott will be detrimental to businesses focussed on clean energy and carbon abatement.
On wind power Newman wrote in the publication The Spectator (not associated with Business or Climate Spectator) on January 21, 2012:

“Even before they threatened my property, I was opposed to wind farms. They fail on all counts. They are grossly inefficient, extremely expensive, socially inequitable, a danger to human health, environmentally harmful, divisive for communities, a blot on the landscape, and don’t even achieve the purpose for which they were designed, namely the reliable generation of electricity and the reduction of CO2 emissions.”


On the issue of whether human activity is leading to warming of the atmosphere he wrote in The Australian on November 5 last year:

“When Mother Nature decided in 1980 to change gears from cooler to warmer, a new global warming religion was born, replete with its own church (the UN), a papacy, (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and a global warming priesthood masquerading as climate scientists.”

He then elaborated that:

“Regrettably for the global warming religion, its predictions have started to appear shaky, and the converts, many of whom have lost their jobs and much of their wealth, are losing faith. Worse, heretic scientists have been giving the lie to many of the prophecies described in the IPCC bible. They could not be silenced.”

What would Newman think of the Coalition’s pledge to allocate $3 billion to an emission reduction fund or maintaining the Renewable Energy Target at its current settings? He stated in The Spectator:

“We have witnessed the birth of an extraordinary, universal and self-reinforcing movement among the political and executive arms of government, their academic consultants, the mainstream media and vested private sector interests (such as investment banks and the renewables industry), held together by the promise of unlimited government money. It may not be a conspiracy, but long-term, government-underwritten annuities have certainly created one gigantic and powerful oligopoly which must coerce taxpayers and penalise energy consumers to survive.”

Tristan Edis Climate spectator  Published 10:59 AM, 29 Jan 2013

Barry O'Farrell - Premier NSW

Barry O’Farrell when he was asked about “climate change and the floods” he responded with, “Let's not turn this near disaster, this episode that has damaged so many properties and other things, farm properties and other things, into some politically correct debate about climate change,” he said. “Give me a break.”  Jan 2013


Liberal Party

One of the Liberal Party’s star recruits, Angus Taylor, from the consulting firm Port Jackson partners, has issued a detailed report recommending that the RET be diluted because of the “high cost” of abatement from wind farms, and even suggests that gas-fired generation by included in the RET.

Another of the Coalition’s other star recruits, Zed Seselja from the ACT, has also spoken out against wind and solar, and both the national and ACT renewable energy targets. All the coalition state premiers oppose the RET as well. Renew Economy


IPA - Institute of Public affairs - wish list

The IPA is a far right think tank  funded by its membership which include both private individuals and businesses. Among these businesses are ExxonMobil, Telstra, WMC Resources, BHP Billiton, Phillip Morris, Murray Irrigation Limited,[6] and Visy Industries.

IPA donors have also included Clough Engineering, Caltex, Shell, Esso, electricity and mining companies, and British American Tobacco (BAT).     Wikipedia

They have drawn up a wish list of policies for the Liberal National part to adopt. Tony Abbott said he will look favorably on the list. It reflects the wishes of the sponsors, but to a citizen, it looks like a picture of hell.

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don't replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.

2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change

3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

5 Abandon Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

6 Repeal the renewable energy target

7 Return income taxing powers to the states

8 Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission

9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

10 Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

11 Introduce fee competition to Australian universities

12 Repeal the National Curriculum

13 Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums

14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be 'balanced'

16 Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law

17 End local content requirements for Australian television stations

18 Eliminate family tax benefits

19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme

20 Means-test Medicare

21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

22 Introduce voluntary voting

23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations

24 End media blackout in final days of election campaigns

25 End public funding to political parties

26 Remove anti-dumping laws

27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions

28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board

29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency

30 Cease subsidising the car industry

31 Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction

32 Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games

33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books

34 End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws

35 Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP

36 Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit

37 Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database

38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food

39 Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities

40 Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools

41 Repeal the alcopops tax

42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
a) Lower personal income tax for residents
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
c) Encourage the construction of dams

43 Repeal the mining tax

44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states

45 Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold

46 Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent

47 Cease funding the Australia Network

48 Privatise Australia Post

49 Privatise Medibank



50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function

51 Privatise SBS

52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784

53 Repeal the Fair Work Act

54 Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them

55 Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors

56 Abolish the Baby Bonus

57 Abolish the First Home Owners' Grant

58 Allow the Northern Territory to become a state

59 Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16

60 Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade

61 Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States

62 End all public subsidies to sport and the arts

63 Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport

64 End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering

65 Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification

66 Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship

67 Means test tertiary student loans

68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built

70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising

71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling

72 Privatise the CSIRO

73 Defund Harmony Day

74 Close the Office for Youth

75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme


76 Have State Premiers appoint High Court justices

77 Allow ministers to be appointed from outside parliament

78 Extend the GST to cover all goods and services but return all extra revenue to taxpayers through cutting other taxes

79 Abolish the federal department of health and return health policy to the states

80 Abolish the federal department of education and return education policy to the states

81 Repeal any new mandatory data retention laws

82 Abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission

83 Have trade unions regulated like public companies, with ASIC responsible for their oversight

84 End all public funding to unions and employer associations

85 Repeal laws which protect unions from competition, such as the ‘conveniently belong' rules in the Fair Work Act

86 Extend unrestricted work visas currently granted to New Zealand citizens to citizens of the United States

87 Negotiate and sign free trade agreements with Australia's largest trading partners, including China, India, Japan and South Korea

88 Restore fundamental legal rights to all existing commonwealth legislation such as the right to silence and the presumption of innocence

89 Adhere to section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution by not taking or diminishing anyone's property without proper compensation

90 Repeal legislative restrictions on the use of nuclear power

91 Allow full competition on all foreign air routes

92 Abolish the Medicare levy surcharge

93 Abolish the luxury car tax

94 Halve the number of days parliament sits to reduce the amount of legislation passed

95 Abolish Tourism Australia and cease subsidising the tourism industry

96 Make all government payments to external parties publicly available including the terms and conditions of those payments

97 Abandon plans to restrict foreign investment in Australia's agricultural industry

98 Cease the practice of setting up government-funded lobby groups, such as YouMeUnity, which uses taxpayer funds to campaign to change the Australian Constitution

99 Rule out the introduction of mandatory pre-commitment for electronic gaming machines

100 Abolish the four pillars policy which prevents Australia's major banks from merging

Source IPA