Jun 20, 2011

Lord Monckton participation ruffles feathers at mining gabfest

The CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have rejected conflict of interest concerns over their $6,000 sponsorship of a conference addressed by notorious climate change denier, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, Christopher Monckton.

Andrew Crook ā€” Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

The CSIRO asked to be removed as a principle sponsor of a mining industry conference after organisers booked notorious climate change denier, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, Christopher Monckton, to deliver the keynote address.

Both the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia are listed as “session supporters” of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies’ annual gabfest, kicking off at the end of the month at Perth’s salubrious Burswood Casino. The CSIRO has donated the equivalent of $3,000 by providing a free speaker at the closed-to-the-public event, which also boasts speeches from opposition leader Tony Abbott and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest.

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21 thoughts on “Lord Monckton participation ruffles feathers at mining gabfest

  1. paddy

    Ooh those nasty climate scientists.
    Why won’t they hug those poor struggling miners? šŸ˜Ž šŸ˜€

  2. Mark from Melbourne

    Quite embarrassing that we have to import people like Monckton, I would have thought that as a mature, proud nation we would have plenty of our own loonie fringe elements to call on.

  3. Peter Evans

    How about full disclosure from these shills on who’s funding them? Who pays for Monckton and his fellow tools to ponce about ignoring the evidence and refusing to acknowledge the actual facts? The CSIRO is right to fully disassociate themselves from these charlatans.

  4. Michael James

    So the CSIRO gets the opportunity to attempt to demolish Monkton’s arguments in front of an audience of major players in a range of industries but refuses to.

    Sad that they are so insecure in the strength of their convictions that they run for cover instead.

  5. Tim Malone

    Surely you mean that as a matter of principle, Principal Sponsor CSIRO declined its former role.

  6. Anthony David

    There is no need for a debate. Monckton’s balderdash-garnished, non sequitor riddled, sciency pontifications do a great job of demolishing his own arguments single-handedly.

  7. klewso

    Who’s “Cousin Jethro” breaking bread with? Will he be giving one of those key hole speechs too?

  8. LucyJr

    Good on CSIRO for declining sponsorship but thumbs down for not putting up a speaker.
    Hardly surprising though, after seeing Monckton in action. You’d need an Olympian spin doctor challenger to blast the misquotes, half-truths and complete lies off the podium.

  9. sleuthhound

    I wonder if Alan Jones has his nose out of joint because AMEC has bumped him as Monckton’s tour manager on this visit?

  10. Lorry

    I love how you are all so threatened by Lord Monckton – feeling a little exposed that he will shatter your religious beliefs!!!

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