Green MP Adam Bandt's carbon rant ridiculed
The Daily Telegraph
September 20, 2011
During yesterday's carbon tax debate, Mr Bandt said every person was threatened by climate change and "we are running out of time to prevent a catastrophe". "Ice caps are melting and the seas are rising," he said. "The hit to the Australian economy if we are not able to prevent runaway climate change is going to be enormous.
Mr Bandt warned jobs were threatened by climate change, saying that in Queensland 67,000 workers directly dependent on tourism and the Great Barrier Reef could be "turfed out of a job" if the reef is irreversibly damaged.
Speaking immediately after Mr Bandt, NSW Nationals MHR Mark Coulton said he had "never heard so much emotional claptrap".
"It seems to me that there's a lot of houses, a lot of buildings in the middle of Melbourne made out of concrete and it seems to me that while the good folk of Melbourne might have a desire to improve the environment, they don't appear to be doing too much of it themselves," Mr Coulton said.