Reports of tens of thousands of people marching in capital cities across the country emphasise that most Australians are happy with what the Government is proposing at the Climate Change Conference in Paris.
North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald told the Senate today that this whole debate needed a reality check.
"While a few Australians demonstrated, by far the overwhelming majority ignored the calls of the Greens political party, so called conservation groups, Get Up and the ABC to join the protests,” Senator Macdonald said.
“More than one hundred thousand Australians across the country reportedly took to the streets according to what are no doubt inflated estimates by organisers - but more than 23 million stayed at home. And that figure is undisputed.”
"What the Government has proposed is a do-able reduction of carbon emissions for Australia.”
“But with Australia emitting less than 1.2% of the world’s emissions, nothing Australia does will have any impact on anything.
“If carbon is a problem, then the world’s big emitters like the USA, China and India need to reduce their emissions down to Australia's level before we do anything else to further damage our economy against others with further cuts.
"The whole debate needs a reality check and some balanced reporting,” Senator Macdonald said.