George Brandis is standing up for freedom of speech in Australia despite the howls of outrage from the left who as well all know are only supporters of freedom of speech if it is speech they agree with.
George Brandis has compared himself to Voltaire and derided proponents of climate change action as “believers” who do not listen to opposing views and have reduced debate to a mediaeval and ignorant level.
In an interview with online magazine Spiked, the Attorney-General also declares he has no regret for saying Australians haveÂ the right to be bigotsÂ and accuses the left of advocating censorship to enforce a morality code on the nation.
It comes as former Australian of the year Professor Fiona Stanley saidÂ climate science had been denigrated through politicisation and denial, and issued a stinging attack on the federal government for the absence of a specific department to tackle global warming.
Senator Brandis, who is driving reforms to Australiaâs racial discrimination act, describes the climate change debate as one of the âcatalysing momentsâ in his views on freedom of speech.
While he says he believes in man-made climate change, the Queensland senator tells the magazine he is shocked by the âauthoritarianismâ with which some proponents of climate change exclude alternative viewpoints, singling out Laborâs Penny Wong as âAustraliaâs high priestess of political correctnessâ.
He said it was âdeplorableâ that âone side [has] the orthodoxy on its side and delegitimises the views of those who disagree, rather than engaging with them intellectually and showing them why they are wrongâ.
As examples, he points to Senator Wong and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who he accuses of arguing âthe science is settledâ to shut down political debate on climate change. Read more »