Sceptic versus Greens

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 22 Februari 2013 | 19.55

UNFAZED: Climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton.

CLIMATE change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton took on the green movement when he brought his controversial tour to Hobart last night.

His appearance at the at the University of Tasmania's Sir Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre drew anger from the Greens.

Greens' federal candidate for Denison Anna Reynolds said Lord Monckton should never have been given a forum at the university.

"It's an insult that UTAS, with its hard-earned reputation for excellence in climate science, provides the venue for a medieval circus act like Monckton's," she said.

Before his $25-a-ticket talk, a group from the Flat Earth Society dressed in medieval costumes greeted members of the public outside the lecture theatre.

"The Greens are dressed as the Flat Earth Society because that is what the Greens are -- the Flat Earth Society," Lord Monckton said.

He likened the Greens to a new "totalitarian society" and said he was very happy to be speaking at UTAS which he called "the lions' den, or the Greens' viper nest".

"The Greens would take us straight back to the Dark Ages by telling lies and untruths and the news media decides that only one point of view matters," he said.

Lord Monckton said it was a tradition at universities that all were allowed to speak and to subject their views to scrutiny.

"If the Greens were confident of their position, they should have no hesitation in welcoming debate," he said.

"What makes me angry is that universities are closing their minds whenever an alarmist political faction tells them to.

"It happened in Russia in 1917 and in Germany in 1933."

He proceeded to present a humorous slide show to the mostly appreciative audience of about 100.

Earlier, he arrived in Hobart wearing an Akubra hat presented by a South Australian admirer.

Lord Monckton, who is on a two-month tour of Australia, was in Hobart for one night only to deliver the public address at the invitation of the Democratic Labor Party, which was founded by social conservatives who broke from the Labor Party in 1955.

DLP state secretary and candidate for Denison Wayne Williams, who hired the venue and organised the public lecture, said all sides of any significant debate should be given a hearing.

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