The comments of Future Fund chairman David Murray on climate change last week quietly went through to the keeper, possibly because they were located in the back of Friday's Financial Review in the quaint "Lunch With..." section.

"[Carbon dioxide] has got nothing to do with pollution.... carbon dioxide is not a pollutant., it is colourless and odourless. It is not a pollutant... It is a tiny proportion of greenhouse gases. There is no correlation between warming and carbon dioxide," Murray is reported to have said.