Last week, it was duly noted by august journals like the Australian Conservative that something called the 'Galileo Movement' had launched a website to dispute the scientific consensus behind climate change.

The two elderly Noosa-based founders -- John Smeed and Case Smit -- were spurred into action by the wildly-successful visit by climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton that they co-hosted last year with mining heiress Gina Rinehart. Their "patron" is Alan Jones, who gave the group some free publicity on 2GB, and there's also a panel of advisers headed by notables like Andrew Bolt, Ian Plimer, David Flint and Bob Carter.