ARTICULATE, smart, controversial, out of step these are just some of the words used to describe Lord Christopher Monckton.
But one you wouldn't use is "retreating".
Lord Monckton delivered his blunt messages on climate change, abortion and multiculturalism to Sale on Saturday, addressing a rally organised by the Rise Up Australia Party and attended by around 30 people.
His theme: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
Lord Monckton is one of the foremost sceptics on the theory of manmade climate change. He claimed politicians had made economic decisions “having been told that there is a consensus which we can now prove does not exist”.
“There never was such a consensus,” Lord Monckton told the Gippsland Times.
“I am one of the authors of a scientific paper that has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Science and Education just last year, pointing out that a review of 11,944 scientific papers on climate and related matters conducted between 1991 and 2011 showed only 0.3 per cent of those papers explicitly stating most of the global warming since 1950 was caused by us.
“That consensus was reported by the people who conducted the survey as 97 per cent consensus, when the true figure was 0.3.”
Lord Monckton rubbished claims humans were destroying the planet.
“No, we’re not, the planet’s been here four and a half billion years, we are part of nature,” he said.
“The planet is perfectly capable of surviving our presence.
“Yes, it makes sense not to encroach on the fragile habitat of endangered species. Yes, it makes sense not to chop down all the world’s rainforests.
“There are perfectly sensible environmental measures which should be, and certainly in the western countries, have been, taken.
“But this global warming nonsense has been carried way too far and it’s time to grow up, snap out of it, come off the Kool-Aid and accept that after 18 years without any global warming at all and anything up to 26 years without any global warming that would be statistically significant, it is time to realise the mad scientists got their sums wrong, the computer models were not properly programmed.”
Lord Monckton also highlighted concerns over abortion of babies.
“Life begins at the moment of conception. Killing babies hours before they otherwise be born cannot be the conduct of a civilised society,” he said.
Promoting the need for people to have free choice of religion, Lord Monckton linked the rise of militant Islamic groups to violent passages in that faith’s holy book, the Koran.
“The Koran, which has many violent passages in it, in fact too many violent passages, condemning the unbeliever, should perhaps be revised to remove the passages with directly advocate the killing of people who don’t believe the same as the Muslims believe,” he said.
“That sort of language in a civilised society is not accepted and we should not be frightened in charity to say so.”
The situation in the Middle East with the Islamic State killing and torturing minority groups, including Christians, highlights the need to address Muslim extremists, Lord Monckton said.
The vast majority of Muslims in Australia, Lord Monckton said, were “civilised and co-operative members of society”.