The release of the voluminous, three-part update of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change appears to have had no impact on Tony Abbott's conservative government, nor its advisers. Rather than accepting the conclusions of the IPCC’s 1250 international experts -- approved by every major government in the world (including, apparently, Australia’s) -- that the world is warming and there is little time to act, Abbott’s chief business adviser is still insisting that the world is, in fact, cooling.

Maurice Newman -- who heads a triumvirate of climate change sceptics heading key Abbott advisory bodies (Dick Warburton on the renewable energy review and David Murray on banking) -- was interviewed on ABC TV’s Lateline program on Tuesday night. He said, in part: