Second One Nation Queensland senator tackling climate science – August 2016
The unexpected winner of a second Queensland Senate seat for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, Malcolm Roberts, has dismissed speculation that the party was at risk of breaking apart, as the Palmer United Party did.
Senator Roberts said Pauline Hanson was a “highly intelligent” and competent person who would hold One Nation together despite its poor record of cohesion.
Speaking on the ABC's Insiders program, Senator Roberts, a climate change denier, also challenged anyone at the national broadcaster to provide “empirical evidence” that proves human production of carbon dioxide is affecting the climate.
With four Senate positions, One Nation and the three Nick Xenophon senators hold the balance of power if Labor and the Greens combine to block bills. The Government needs the support of nine of the 11 cross-bench senators.
Senator Roberts is a former coalmine manager who wants climate scepticism taught in schools and says the CSIRO and United Nations' peak climate body endorse corruption.
On Insiders he offered host Barrie Cassidy his business card in the event that ABC staff could prove human-induced climate change was real.
“If anyone in the ABC can provide me with the empirical evidence, the measured data that shows that human production of carbon dioxide is affecting our climate and needs to be something done about it, give me a call,” he said.
One Nation's extreme climate policy agenda includes pushing for a royal commission into climate science and abolition of the Renewable Energy Target.
The Climate Institute on says there is “abundant evidence that heat trapping greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere at record levels; this is causing the climate to change, and this is impacting on natural and human systems now”.
Also on Insiders, re-elected Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm, was asked if he agreed there was no empirical evidence to suggest that the climate was warming. “Oh, no. Our policy is we're politicians or political people; we stay out of the scientific debate,” he said.
“We're just a small-government party so our view is irrespective of what you think about the science of global warming or climate change; it's a matter of whether or not the government should do anything.
“Our view is the government shouldn't do anything unless Brazil, Russia, India, China, US are all doing something then little Australia should join in for trade reasons.”