Tim Flannery sacked, Climate Commission dismantled by Coalition
- News Limited Network
- September 19, 2013
PROFESSOR Tim Flannery has been sacked by the Abbott Government from his $180,000-a-year part-time Chief Climate Commissioner position, with the agency he runs to be dismantled immediately.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt called Prof Flannery this morning to tell him a letter formally ending his employment was in the mail.
In the letter, Mr Hunt tells Prof Flannery: “The Climate Commission does not have an ongoing role, and consequently I am writing to advise you that the Climate Commission has been dissolved, with effect from the date of this letter.”
He thanked him for his personal contribution and then said “The Department of the Environment will soon write to you concerning administrative arrangements for finalising your engagement as Chief Climate Commissioner.”
All other climate commissioners will also be sacked with the move to save more than $500,000 this financial year and $1.2 million next financial year.
The Coalition will now take advice on climate change from the Department of the Environment.
Five other commissioners were also told they were no longer needed.
Letters from Mr Hunt have been sent to each of the six Commissioners telling them their position has been terminated.
“The Coalition believes it is the role of the Department of Environment to provide independent advice and analysis on climate change and that the role of the Climate Commission was duplicating the work of the Department,” a spokeswoman for Mr Hunt said.
Prof Flannery had travelled the country holding climate forums and produced academic work on climate change after being appointed in 2011.
Among his most alarmist forecasts was a warning in 2007 that “Even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems.
“In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months”.
Brisbane later grappled with flooding and Warragamba Dam in Sydney spilt over.