Every now and then I wake up to find some enlightened and considerate individual has stumbled across an old blog post and been inspired to comment. As with my series on Tony Abbott, Nick Minchin (also here and here) and right-wing conspiracy theories concerning climate change science.

And so, months later comes a blast from a conservative think tank by a ‘Captain Reality’:

Nick Minchin is one of the only sensible politicians. He has seen through the lefty communist scientists who have taken over the world and are destroying our freedom.

When Mr Minchin comes to power the government will cut all funding to left wing scientists like climatologists and only fund real science like geology and chemistry which you need to mine and make refineries, which actually help people to live…

…unlike climate change, which is a lefty scientist LIE and BIG FAT TAX ON EVERYTHING and will kill billions with their TAX. Rudd is worse than Stalin.

P.S. I am not a crank =|:^0>
I am a patriot!

I love this stuff, gives me hope for Australian politics, for a real alternative … The Captain reassures us:

For those who are a bit slow, my previous post is a summary of the intellectual basis of today’s right.

A great ABC Four Corners program recently captures some absolute beauties from those nutters in Canberra:

Nick Minchin, Liberal Leader in the Senate: ‘For 10 years the left internationally have been very successful in exploiting peoples’ innate fears about global warming and climate change to achieve their political ends … For the extreme left it provides the opportunity to do what they’ve always wanted to do, to sort of de-industrialise the western world. You know the collapse of communism was a disaster for the left, and the, and really they embraced environmentalism as their new religion … I frankly strongly object to you know, politicians and others trying to terrify 12 year old girls that their planet’s about to melt, you know. I mean really it is appalling some of that that sort of behaviour’.

Cory Bernardi, Liberal Senator: ‘The earth is not actually warming, we have still rainfall falling. We have crops still growing. We can go outside and we won’t cook’.

Barnaby Joyce, National Party MP from Queensland: ‘They [farmers] just see it as this sort of socialist chardonnay rubbish that are dreamt up, that is dreamt up by people who are obviously have no real risk of having to pay for it … They’re going to have bring around this side of this peg, do a figure of eight back round that side of that peg, back through the gate’.

Wilson Tuckey, Liberal MP from Western Australia: ‘Leave me will you, I’m going to the toilet … I’m not talking I said I’m walking to the toilet’.

The fun has already begun with the new liberal leader – Tony (Mad Monk) Abbott. Under the former leader, Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberals experimented with finding out what ‘liberal’ actually means. They didn’t like what they saw and decided to flop back into a conservative default. A key player here – what they like to call a ‘power broker’ – is Senator Nick Minchin. Now, Nick the Nutter is well known for his position that climate change is crap, let alone that human beings are, God forbid, the main cause. But NN is also a standout on another issue: the link between smoking (passive or active) and cancer. You see, back in mid 1990s, Minchin dissented from a majority Senate committee report recommending, in light of overwhelming evidence, that tobacco regulation be ramped up a notch or ten. He was one of two dissenters to the report:

“Senator Minchin wishes to record his dissent from the committee’s statements that it believes cigarettes are addictive and that passive smoking causes a number of adverse health effects for non-smokers,” the committee’s minority report says. “Senator Minchin believes these claims (the harmful effects of passive smoking) are not yet conclusively proved. . . there is insufficient evidence to link passive smoking with a range of adverse health effects.”

To support his claims, Senator Minchin drew on a study commissioned by the Tobacco Institute of Australia that “concluded the data did not support a causal relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and lung cancer or heart disease in adults”.

And this is the man who was instrumental in getting Tony Abbott, who himself claims that human involvement in global warming is ‘crap’, into the leadership. Fucking brilliant! I love these guys. Where’s the flat-earth believer in the ranks?