Herald Sun | August 20 2013
Take Mike Kelly – tipped by Rudd to be the next Defence Minister. Here he is at the candidates’ forum held by the Narooma Chamber of Commerce on Friday:
This election is about the people who aren’t here who can’t vote because they are too young to. The election is about their future. If we don’t provide them with the full rollout of the NBN, the better schools program, and clean energy future they won’t have a future.
We won’t be competing in the region and the suffering we will have inflicted on ourselves through not dealing with climate change will turn the Bega Valley into the Death Valley, the Sapphire Coast into the Saline Coast and the Snowy Mountains into the Sandy Mountains. We can’t afford catastrophic climate change so I want you to work with me on that as well.
Is Kelly seriously claiming that if we don’t vote for Labor and its global warming policies that the Snowy Mountains will turn to sand and the Bega Valley into Death Valley?
A man that irrational has no place in politics.
Minister Mike Kelly has declared that without Labor’s “clean energy future” our children “won’t have a future”. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Limited
I WANT the next person in charge of our nation’s defence not to be so batty that he thinks the Snowy Mountains will turn to sand if we don’t vote Labor.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has bad news: his next defence minister, if he’s re-elected, will indeed be Mike Kelly.
Dear God. A man with his beliefs could have us declaring war on Mars or arming our soldiers with rhubarb.
Last week at a meet-the-candidates session in his seat of Eden-Monaro, Kelly declared that without Labor’s “clean energy future” our children “won’t have a future”.
“The suffering we will have inflicted on ourselves through not dealing with climate change will turn the Bega Valley into the Death Valley, the Sapphire Coast into the Saline Coast and the Snowy Mountains into the Sandy Mountains,” he said.
A comment like that should actually disqualify anyone from high office.
Let me point out a few things to Kelly, our Minister for Defence Materiel.
The world hasn’t warmed for 15 years. Granite mountains would not turn to sand even if it did warm a few degrees.
Labor’s global warming policies, costing $20 billion a year, would not stop any warming anyway, making at the very most a difference of 0.0038 degrees by 2100, according to scientist Professor Roger Jones. I can only assume that Kelly is either a fool or a fraud – a man who believes telling a lie is fine if it’s a noble cause.
But how many similar falsehoods have we heard from people who feel licensed by global warming to say any damn thing?
Remember Finance Minister Penny Wong using a drought in 2009 to frighten people into believing Labor’s global warming scare?
“Research shows that this severe, extended drought is clearly linked with global warming,” she said. “There is nowhere that this challenge is more serious than the Murray-Darling Basin.”
But go to the Bureau of Meteorology website and check rainfall data for the Murray-Darling. Not only did the drought end almost the moment Wong spoke, but rainfall patterns over the century seem not to have changed.
You were deceived – deliberate or accidental hardly seems to matter.
People who spread fears to justify enormous spending on programs that make no difference should not be allowed near the nation’s finances. Or defence.