Climate Minister Briefed With Unsubstantiated Assumptions

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Climate Minister briefed with unsubstantiated


“Not all Australians believe in catastrophic climate change, and most Australians would like

to believe their Minister responsible for Climate Change was given factual briefings by

balanced scientists within his department” said Alex Stuart, chairman of the Australian

Environment Foundation.

“The ‘red book’ briefing on climate change prepared by the Department of Climate Change

and Energy Efficiency for incoming minister Greg Combet, obtained by a newspaper under

Freedom of Information

law, is a mountain of misinformed speculation built on beliefs and

faith” said Mr Stuart. 

Stuart continued, “As guidance intended for an incoming minister, this ‘red book’ briefing fails

completely.  It’s apparently based on unsubstantiated assumptions, borrowed from

discredited IPCC reports, not observational evidence based on research outcomes.  


briefing is absurdly alarmist, when it should be careful and considered.  

“The briefing apparently takes as fact issues such as catastrophic sea level rises, which are

based only on scenarios, and proposes actions based on suppositions that have no proven


Stuart’s comments came in the context of a mounting storm of protest over rising prices for


triggered by unworkable ‘green’ programs, which are now seen to be intolerably

expensive. Rising community anxiety coincides with mounting concerns over alarmist bias

within the minister’s department and the government’s uncritical reliance on IPCC reports.  

“It’s time for state and federal governments to re-think their entire list of climate-related

policies, to make sure they’re based on what is actually known.

It’s time this country’s

climate policies were based on facts and evidence, not beliefs and faith” said Mr Stuart. 



AEF Chairman:  Alex Stuart 0448-807-178

AEF Executive Director:  Max Rheese 0428-621-320

The Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit, membership-based

environment organisation with no political affiliation.  It is a different kind of environment

group, caring for both Australia & Australians, on the basis of facts and evidence.  Many of

our members are practical environmentalists – people who actively use and also care for the

environment.  We accept that environmental protection and sustainable resource use are

October 31st 2010 

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