You can’t say the Coalition aren’t focussed on environmental issues. In yesterday’s joint party meeting they talked about concerns about an emissions trading scheme, the issue of forests as carbon sinks, and the Murray-Darling Basin. In fact, environmental issues dominated the discussion from the floor. The climate change denialists were also at play, calling for the need for a proper scientific debate on the issue.

(Ever notice that about greenhouse sceptics? They always want a "real" scientific debate, because they’ve lost the existing debate. The "real" debate, presumably, was the one they tried to perpetuate in the 1990s, when biased research and fiddling with the numbers was de rigueur among opponents of climate change action.)