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Tipsy Tony and conservative crapulence

Tony Abbott is clearly drunk on power.

Recently he said that Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, was ‘talking through her hat‘. According to ABC News Figueres said that the fires in New South Wales prove the world is “already paying the price of carbon”.

“The World Meteorological Organisation has not established the direct link between this wildfire and climate change yet, but what is absolutely clear is that the science is telling us there are increasing heatwaves in Asia, Europe and Australia,” she told CNN.

“These [heatwaves] will continue. They will continue in their intensity and in their frequency.”

Tipsy Tony would have none of it. ABC News reports him as saying:

“But these fires are certainly not a function of climate change – they’re just a function of life in Australia.”

Except the scientists disagree. They talk in terms of likelihoods, or percentages. As Figueres points out they argue that there are increasing heatwaves in Australia and elsewhere nd this increases the likelihood of bushfires. This fact sheet from the Climate Council is pretty clear:

Climate Council: bushfire and climate change facts

Graham Readfern at Planet OZ hosted by the Guardian is more blunt. He says:

In making his statement, Mr Abbott has dismissed out of hand the work of scientists going back more than 25 years showing that as temperatures and carbon dioxide emissions go up, so do the risks of bushfires. Christiana Figueres’ hat is stuffed with evidence.

He cites various studies in fact showing that as temperatures and CO2 go up, so too does the risk of bushfire. Readfern finishes his article by asking if Figueres is talking through her hat then where is Tony Abbott talking out of?

Abbott is not only a climate scientist he is a constitutional law expert too. And again he is definitely not talking out of his hat here either.

According to Matt Ackersten at Same Same, Abbott told Neil Mitchell’s 3AW:

Under our Constitution, pretty clearly, the Commonwealth has responsibility for marriage and the regulation of marriage. So, it’s not a question of being for or against gay marriage, it’s a question of adhering to the Constitution.

If alcoholic Abbott, the power drunk, is so keen on defending the Constitution, why hasn’t he rushed to the High Court with an action against Queensland’s draconian and repressive anti-biker laws? The crapulent conservative hasn’t spoken out of any orifice against these dictatorial laws. His government supports these very possibly unconstitutional laws.

Abbott isn’t about ‘defending’ the Constitution or ensuring ‘adherence to the Constitution.’ He is about defeating equality for gays and lesbians.

A further example of the rubbish that those drunk on power talk is Abbott’s comment that the situation in West Papua is getting better.  It isn’t.  As imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii wrote in New Matilda, the situation is getting progressively worse.

And then there is Abbott’s defence of his Western Australian MP Don Randall, the man who flew from Perth to Cairns (how many thousand kilometres is that?) on important electoral business and claimed his expenses of more than $5000 for the trip. He also picked up the keys to his new investment property in Cairns when he was there.

According to Prime Minister Abbott, Randall had ‘very important dsicussions’ with Warren Entsch, the then Opposition Whip. Telephone anyone?

What is Abbott on? A power trip.

Already a pattern is emerging. Abbott is talking out of his arse to defend his political positions. His views, on gay marriage and on climate change for example, make little or no sense.

In the case of climate change denial, his position reflects the interests of polluting big business to make as much profit as possible without regard to the environmental destruction they wreak.

In the case of his attack on same sex marriage his views reflect a social conservatism that in the past ensured a steady stream of the next generation of workers and tied them all through social relations to the exploitative system.

Perhaps the time has come for a working class intervention to sober up this Prime Minister, drunk on power.

To comment, or to see what others are saying, hit the comments link under the heading. Like all posts on this blog comments close after 7 days.

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Comment from william wallace
Time October 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Don’t be too hard on Tony he is doing what felt is best benefit of the people.

There are times where lying justified
one being protected where they are
not told the truth (where truth dire)
as be regarding future of humanity.

Political corruption / banking frauds
etc etc. The worst problem /Climate
Change will wipe out humanity the
planet /unabled sustain human life.

Having you the right to be told the
truth as how dire the situation is ?
the answer is YES however as yet
the majority are not ready to hear
how dire the situation is / thus it’s
for the best that bad news limited.

However tis not a end of humanity
it but the end of an chapter of the
the human journey. A journey via
many lifetimes in gain of learning.

The planet in time will heal itself
as in time / humanity will return.

The body but transport for the
spirit / as the body finite one’s
spirit is infinite / in truth there
is no death / one is but simply
changing means of transport
via another form /other body.

One in truth having nought to
fear /

Comment from RussellW
Time October 25, 2013 at 7:25 am

Abbott is a tool of business, what else could he do but deny anthropogenic climate change? It would be extremely naive to discuss the subject with any conservative politician in the expectation of a rational argument.