Dr Ayers—I am happy for Professor Plimer to write to me.
Senator Ian Macdonald—No, it needs to be done here. This is the trouble. The chair has allowed this to happen. This is going to go on forever now.
Senator SIEWERT—You were allowed table that letter last time.
Senator Ian Macdonald—But that is tabling. I agree with that. He should have been able to table a reply. I agree with that. Professor Plimer will not be able to come and talk to the committee.
Senator LUDLAM—He can publish another work of science fiction
Transcript from Australian Senate Hansard [1.04MB pdf], Environment and Communications Legislation Committee Estimates.
This came after a reply by Dr Greg Ayers (starts on page EC 100 of the linked pdf), Director of Meteorology at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, to a letter from Cardinal George Pell. Essentially Dr Ayers smacked down George Pell’s letter, that included many assertions from Clive Palmer’s book, by pointing to many examples of how unscientific Palmer’s book is.
Combined with the interruptions from coalition senators such as Senator Macdonald, all up it makes for great Estimates reading.
h/t to John Quiggin