For those who don’t know, Tony Abbott was an Australian prime minister from 2013 to 2015 when he was ousted by his party. He is a fervent climate change denier. In 2017 he gave a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London. Here’s a summary from ABC News Australia.
Climate change science, he now asserts, has the spirit of the Inquisition.
It is the “thought police down the ages” and invoked a post-Christian nostalgia for sacrifice in political response.
“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods,” he said.
Tony Abbott was the best Boris could find? That’s scary for you in the UK, and for any women he has to work with, or negotiate deals with. I still remember the appalling things he said about Julia Gillard when she was Prime
Minister, way worse than he would have said about any male member of the opposition. And the Australian press were with him all the way! It’s incredible that she came out of that in one piece, and went on to establish another career for herself. I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for her, too, because after our Feb11 earthquake, she couldn’t throw enough help at us. It was amazing!