Still busy with work, next week should see me clear.
Great article from Graham Readfearn from The Guardian on Pauline Hansen and One Nation:
One Nation appears to have gone shopping to the Climate Science Denial Mart and come back with the whole deli counter of debunked talking points.
“What’s really behind all the global warming hoopla,” One Nation’s website asks.
“Power. It’s the same old Marxist/Communist/Fascist collectivist shtick, dressed up in new clothes. Global warming is all about a power grab by a wealthy elite and their collectivist sycophants — using the (United Nations) as a cover and tool.”
Elsewhere, One Nation accuses the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO of engaging in the corruption of science.
Much of the material is near identical to that offered by the climate science denial organisation the Galileo Movement, whose patron – Sydney shock-jock Alan Jones – says human-caused climate change is a hoax and the science is “witchcraft”.
One Nation New South Wales Senate candidate Pauline Hanson even cites the Galileo Movement’s project leader Malcolm Roberts, asking readers to check out a document which Sydney Morning Herald environment editor Ben Cubby has described as a “pile of horse shit”.
I’m doing a longer piece examining the conspiracy world view of One Nation and other extremist groups in Australia next week titled “Conspiracy Nation”.
Give me your thoughts on what you’d like to know about the dark underbelly of Australian politics.