League of Dishonourable Gentlemen

Crikey has a post (may be paywalled) about Danny Nalliah’s new party, which is being promoted by famous climate change denialist Viscount Christopher Monkton.

It’s a good summation of the sort of lunacy that exists on the fringes of Australian political debate, but it fails to mention one point. As noted in the piece, Nalliah is a young earth creationist, someone who believes the world was created roughly 6000 years ago, dinosaurs were wiped out in the flood etc. This isn’t a strange add-on to his belief system, it is utterly core.

On the other hand, on past trips out here Monkton’s best mate was geologist Ian Plimer, who obtained a fair amount of the credibility he has since squandered in his brave, although inept, challenging of creationists.

So here is the question: Which side of this debate is Monkton on? Does he believe the earth is 6000 years old, or 4.3 billion? Does that not make him a strange bedfellow with whichever one he disagrees with?

Actually that is a trick question. The fact is that these people don’t care. About anything. Their hatred of anyone who believes in doing something about climate change trumps everything else. Plimer and Nalliah would happily put all differences aside in the quest to see that the world burns, even though their justifications on why AGW is supposedly false are completely contradictory.

If you don’t believe me, consider this. At the last state election the DLP and Family First had to choose order all the parties in the election. The DLP is closely connected to the publishers of Plimer’s book, while Nalliah is a former candidate for Family First. Both put the Greens last. Below the Sex Party. That’s how much they hate environmentalists.

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About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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