The Abbott Government is buying its own cheerleaders – and as voters we deserve better.
This morning, Guardian Australia revealed that the Abbott Government was allocating $4 million for a Copenhagen-based climate change “consensus” centre to be brought here and plonked in an Australian university.
The Copenhagen Consensus Centre run by Bjorn Lomborg, was defunded by the Danish government in 2012.
It’s since been kept alive by private donors in the United States.
Lomborg acknowledges that climate change exists – he just doesn’t think it’s a big deal. He argues that governments should de-prioritise it and stop spending money on subsidies for renewable energy or climate projects in developing countries.
But now Lomborg and his centre have been offered a $4 million life-line from the Abbott Government.
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So let’s be clear – a centre that is against action on climate change, that was given the boot by its own country, has now found a home in Australia. A cushy, government-funded home.
While domestic violence crisis centres are crying out for funding, while the Abbott Government cannot find the money to fund the Gonski reforms, and while Education and Training Minister Christopher Pyne rips money out of universities, the government has somehow found a tidy $4 million to buy themselves a bunch of academics who will tell them they are doing a great job.