Tony Abbott told London’s centre-right Global Warming Policy Forum that climate-change policies had done more harm than climate change itself.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on October 10, 2017

Tony Abbott said the Coalition’s intention to scrap the Clean Energy Target was a “belated” gesture in a speech in London early today.

The former PM — who has long been outspoken on his views on climate change — said it would be a “political death wish” if the Party fails to put cost of living and protection of jobs ahead of reducing emissions.

He told London’s centre-right Global Warming Policy Forum that climate-change policies had done more harm than climate change itself, suggesting global warming was “probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm”.

It is his most controversial address on the subject since 2009, when he said the science behind climate change was “crap”. He even likened policies to combat it to “primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods”.

…primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods

Abbott also told the group the ostracisation of those who do not accept climate science was “the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages”.

This comes in the wake of federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg yesterday announcing the government was likely to move away from a proposed Clean Energy Target .