Australian senator calls out his colleagues for failing to protect the ocean

"You think it's funny that our oceans are dying?" Australian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson made it clear just how angry he was about his government's failure to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Aussie politicians laughing it up in public over climate change

Australians have taken notice that the conservative side of politics have continued what seems to be the running gag of climate change for the during a motion by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling for recognition of Australia’s climate scientists. Whish-Wilson told the floor and later posted on social media, that it was “the angriest I have ever been in the Senate” as he watched members of the house openly mock climate scientists. Liberal Senator James McGrath stood to read what appeared to be his party’s talking points in a deadpan monotone stopping a number of times to smirk and chuckle.

Leader of the Australian Conservatives Party, Cory Bernardi, rose to make a point of order, informing the house that it was, in fact, he who had been raucously laughing. Presumably, he was concerned the people who voted him in would be upset if he wasn’t earning his base pay of $199,040 a year by chuckling his way through Senate motions. It’s been part of a trend in Australian politics for conservatives to openly mock, laugh and ridicule climate change, even as the Great Barrier Reef bleaches and dies, even as we notch up record hot year after record hot year, even as natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma increase in frequency and intensity worldwide.

When asked about climate change in June 2019 by a Liberal colleague, Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg had a good laugh. He spent 30 seconds answering the question and then two-and-a-half minutes openly laughing about an interview where Labor MP Andrew Leigh mentioned climate change could have an impact on the ski season. And it’s not just in public that politicians are laughing it up. If the world ends it might not be with a bang this time, but with a chuckle.


12/05/2019 2:07 PMupdated: 02/06/2020 5:42 PM


  • Cindy L.
    12/09/2019 22:46

    ❤❤❤❤❤ thank you for your compassion and serious concerns for this issue, enough people like the idiot's laughing wont be when their children and their children's children are left with a garbage, destroyed oceans fish that are no longer around, animals extinct, forest destroyed, reef totally dead, soil destroyed by continues contamination and so much more, you aren't just laughing about the reefs but at the survival of our planet. Look your children in the eyes and tell them you are doing everything in your power to save this world for our children so they can have a world with healthy oceans, green thriving forest, clean air, and so many other things. What are you going to tell your children and grandchildren ? Did we do every thing in our power to see that the world thrives and is here for many many generations to come...

  • Wendy H.
    12/08/2019 21:43

    Senator Canavan and his pals were very ignorant to laugh at this powerful speech. Everyone knows the barrier reef is dying, are they not concerned?

  • Emilia A.
    12/08/2019 19:54

    Well said save our planet government's politician should start to take care of our planet and our future generations to come

  • Jenny J.
    12/08/2019 13:59

    When we sailed to the Great Barrier Reef most people off the cruise went diving . It cost them a lot of money. They said it was a waste as the reef was dying. Fortunately we went to whitehaven beach and had a BBQ. It was the most beautiful day and one which I'll never forget.

  • Keith P.
    12/07/2019 01:12

    What a powerful speech. Tragic that there are those who do not listen, hear and act.

  • Beverley W.
    12/06/2019 12:03

    How ignorant to laugh at this mans sincerity

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