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Knights of the Rudd Table say they're not tilting at windmills

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Annabel Crabb

Rocco Fazzari

Rocco Fazzari Illustration: Rocco Fazzari

The Scourge of the Denialists continues in the House of Representatives.

Kevin Rudd and his Army of Believers rode forth in formation, as is now their routine in question time, finding and smiting Climate Unbelievers on the Opposition benches.

At the prow of the attack was Rudd himself (freshly charged after a morning spent launching a Bungendore wind farm, where the unusually still conditions were more than compensated for by the organisers' foresight in inviting an internationally-recognised source of hot air to snip the ribbon).

Greg Combet, on whose battle raiment is emblazoned the legend ''Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change'', was right in there where the battle was bloodiest, mercilessly reading out remarks from Opposition sceptics including Alby Schultz's observation that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be very good for plants.

''Denialists! Denialists!'' hooted the Army's pillaging foot soldiers, from time to time.

(In the Senate itself, it must be said, things were more sedate. Senators tend to respond to looming deadlines by getting incredibly interested in other matters, and yesterday ''notices of motion'' included a rather unfortunate promise by the Greens senator Rachel Siewert to hold forth on the topic of ''World Toilet Day'')

In the House of Representatives, ministers lined up at the dispatch box to receive Dorothy Dix questions with all the reverence of holy warriors accepting communion wafers: Can the Treasurer explain how climate change will affect the economy? Will the Health Minister outline the impact of climate change on health?

Disappointingly, this pattern was discontinued before we had a chance to hear how climate change is going to bugger up competition policy, or elite sport.

But you get the idea.

''They are in complete denial of the impact on the environment,'' sniffed the Great Believer, a single holy shaft of sunlight glinting off his lustrous silver helmet.

Yup - the Prime Minister seems pretty riled up about this denialist caper. If there's one thing the PM really can't stomach, it's a person who continues to deny something despite convincing logical, historical, or scientific evidence to the contrary.

Imagine how cross the PM would be - just imagine - if he ever took his eyes off the climate change sceptics for long enough to notice the biggest denialist in the House of Representatives.

Ooooh, this guy would just make the Prime Minister see red.

Imagine: There is in the Australian Parliament a Denialist so deluded, a misanthrope so misguided, a scoffer so soft-headed that he yesterday described the past month's frolics aboard the Oceanic Viking as ''non-extraordinary''.

A Denialist so shameless that he can stare barefacedly back at electors and his parliamentary opponents and deny, again and again and again, that a bunch of Sri Lankans currently being processed in record-fast time in Indonesia are not in receipt of any ''special deal''.

This Denialist also insists, in the face of all reasonable theories of human behaviour, that being nicer to asylum seekers does not in any way encourage more of them to come.

Just imagine if Kevin Rudd ever got his hands on this Denialist. Now that would be a match-up.

29 comments

  • Good to see you are starting to take the double standard of Rudd behavior seriously Annabel. If you want a rich source of such material start mining his position on major policy positions prior to coming to power and his actions once ensconsed. The duplicity of this man is unrivalled and we are not yet into the second term.

    Commenter
    Diamantina Dick
    Location
    Turramurra
    Date and time
    November 19, 2009, 6:26AM
    • Nice one Annabel. Of course the wind farm photo opportunity you mention did not include the gas-fired facility that had to be built as backup for when the wind don't blow.

      Commenter
      Baz
      Date and time
      November 19, 2009, 7:02AM
      • Beautiful construct Annabel. Nailed it again!

        Commenter
        Murf Oscar
        Location
        Waverton, NSW
        Date and time
        November 19, 2009, 7:51AM
        • Please be careful as criticism of Ruddspeak is not welcome. Are you not aware that the Great Man's proposals are automatically perfect and incapable of improvement? This democracy thing is so frustrating with people having the audacity to have opinions differing from those of the GM.

          Commenter
          Leslie
          Location
          Up country
          Date and time
          November 19, 2009, 8:02AM
          • "Diamantina Dick", under ALL circumstances should you try
            to do what they taught you at school (if you did go to one).
            You may dislike someone, for what ever reason, but you should still address them with their proper title In this case it
            is Mr. Rudd, Mr. Turnbull, etc etc. Maybe Ms.Crabb could also look at this in her articles.

            Commenter
            Fred of Currimundi
            Date and time
            November 19, 2009, 8:26AM
            • well,well,well,lets hope more people wake up to the fact that this little twerp is THE worst leader in this countrys history,it will bring untold hardships,poverty and misery in its wake,bring on next election!

              Commenter
              robert
              Location
              sydney
              Date and time
              November 19, 2009, 9:09AM
              • In a media world full of partisan commentators, I love a person prepared to lay the smack down on both sides with equal force.

                Keep up the war against everyone AC.

                Commenter
                Brendan
                Location
                Canberra
                Date and time
                November 19, 2009, 9:11AM
                • You are spot on annabel, well said.

                  Commenter
                  Glen
                  Location
                  Perth
                  Date and time
                  November 19, 2009, 10:07AM
                  • It simply didn't happen Annabel, yet or ever. It's just that some public servant in the Ministry of Information has failed to rewrite that story yet or ever. When it does get rewritten, the story no doubt it will refer to some marvellous Tourism Promotion that in due season will be recognised for attracting some 2000 new visitors to our shores thus "supporting" thousands of hospitality jobs that would elsewise be lost due to the GFC.

                    Commenter
                    Winston Smith
                    Location
                    The Ministry of Non Extraordinary Tourism
                    Date and time
                    November 19, 2009, 10:14AM
                    • What a very unedifying week Mr Rudd's linguistic gymnastics and invention of new non words in order not to say special deal, the Opposition's manufactured hysteria and outrage the appearance of Ruddock past emerging like Dracula to predict invasion by hordes of Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum seekers because of this reprehensible conduct, cousin Jethro Joyce threatening to fly around on fairy wings before escaping in the little red car he is getting for Christmas, hope it is fast enough to get him away from the bushfires generated by the climate change we are not having. Last but not least the media commentators who have worked themselves into an absolute frenzy about boat people for the past month and who today are just beside themselves with joy over the separation of the conjoined twins and the fact that we have been mentioned in glowing terms on news outlets all over the world. Luckily Trishna and Krishna were not on the Oceanic Viking nobody would have given a toss.

                      Commenter
                      miriam
                      Location
                      sydney
                      Date and time
                      November 19, 2009, 11:10AM

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