Turnbull refuses to back Chief Scientist on climate

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today refused to back his own Chief Scientist on climate change when asked by Greens MP Adam Bandt in Question Time today.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s Chief Scientist has rightly said ‘we are losing the battle against climate change’, yet the Prime Minister refuses to back him,” Mr Bandt said.
“February this year has been named the hottest month on record ever, smashing a century of global temperature records by what NASA calls a ‘stunning’ margin’.”

“We’re in the middle of a climate emergency, yet we are losing the battle. The Greens know it, Australians know it and now Malcolm Turnbull’s very own Chief Scientist has said it.”
"Malcolm Turnbull is waffling while the planet burns."
“Malcolm Turnbull must live up to his past rhetoric on climate and ditch Tony Abbott’s weak and dangerous pollution targets and Direct Action policy. Malcolm Turnbull must commit to renewable energy and the end of coal.”
“The Greens have the courage and vision to take real action on climate change that will cut pollution and keep temperature rises below the internationally agreed 1.5 degrees.”
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You can view the question and answer on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/k3-Obm-x5sY
Mr Bandt’s full question:
My question is to the Prime Minister: NASA has said that February was the hottest month on record ever, smashing a century of global temperature records by a “stunning” margin, results that scientists have described as a “climate emergency”.
Prime Minister, do you agree with your Chief Scientist that we are losing the battle against climate change?