Australia: Tony Abbott’s prediction was correct!
You can’t shut Tim Flannery up just by not paying him.
The Climate Commission, axed last week by the Abbott government, is to be rejuvenated by private funding in an effort to keep information about global warming prominent in the public arena, former chief commissioner Tim Flannery has said.
The decision to create the Australian Climate Council, as the group will now be known, was spurred by ”a groundswell of support” across the country, Professor Flannery said.
For those who weren’t listening, Abbott commented before the election that:
“[Climate Change Commissioner] does sound like an unnecessary position given the gentleman in question gives us the benefit of his views without needing taxpayer funding.”
Which is a slightly more polite way of saying: “Doesn’t this guy ever shut up?”
Update: The new independent Climate Commission calls itself the Climate Authority, following the same logic by which Orwell’s organ of propaganda in 1984 called itself the Ministry of Truth.