Malcolm Roberts has secured one of the final seats in the 45th parliament and will be representing Pauline Hanson's One Nation party in the Australian senate.
Making his maiden media address this afternoon, Roberts began his national political career by taking aim at the CSIRO and what he called their “corrupt” science.
Roberts, a self-professed family man from Queensland, is a former manager of climate denier group Galileo Movement, and Hanson’s right hand man when it comes to the environment.
He’s so enthusiastic about the matter in fact, that the very second line in his official bio on the One Nation website proudly states his passion for "climate change data and facts”.
And by "data and facts" the newly minted senator doesn't mean the global scientific consensus on climate change. Instead, he believes that the CSIRO is caught up in a global climate change scam that is concocted by a ring of major international bankers seeking to exert global control through environmentalism.
In a 2012 report he authored a report titled ‘CSIROh! Climate of deception… Or first step to freedom?’ Roberts claims the government-funded organisation is “unscientific and blatantly political” and suggests that their stance on climate change has been politicised and “grossly misrepresents science, climate and Nature”.
He is also calling for climate scepticism to be taught in schools.
But Roberts’ own scientific qualifications are dubious at best. His background is in mining engineering, and management and business administration.
Meanwhile, Roberts' role in the climate change denial movement is a voluntary one which he’s apparently funnelled “well over” one million dollars of his family’s own money into.
Roberts on Thursday called for an investigation into the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, saying “there is not one piece of empirical evidence anywhere, anywhere, showing that humans through their carbon dioxide production affect in any way climate.”
There will no doubt be plenty more to come when he takes his seat in parliament later this month.
Pauline Hanson: Please Explain! is available to view at SBS On Demand now.
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