(London Guardian) The attorney general, George Brandis, has mounted a bizarre defence of the Turnbull government's funding cuts to the CSIRO, saying there is no need to keep funding climate science if the science of climate change is settled – but adding that he personally doesn't believe it is settled.
Brandis said the science body's decision to cut funding for its scientists, who have produced vital climate science research – in response to the former Abbott government's cuts to the CSIRO in 2014 – is what it ought to do if it believes climate change is real.
He said Labor senators who think the science of climate change is settled should support the cuts, not oppose them.
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"If the science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?" Brandis said on Tuesday.