Did you know that our Prime Minister gets his science advice from a science-denying cleric, and his business advice from a "black helicopter"-style conspiracy theorising nutter.
The conspiracy theorist I'm talking about is called Maurice Newman. I've written about his wacky notions before - here and here and here. Maurice gets some of his "science" from Donna "into the dustbin" Laframboise, and some from David "funny sunny" Archibald, so I guess he thinks we're heading for an ice age any day now.
It's been reported Maurice gets other of his wacky notions from kooks and cranks who started writing to him when he first confessed to anyone interested that he rejects science in favour of conspiracy nuttery.
Maurice, despite his tendency to paranoid conspiracies of the One World Guvmint/New World Order/ Agenda21 kind, was once a man of stature in the business world or, more accurately, a man who has wielded power and money. I don't know if he was a gold bug like his fellow conspiracy theorists Jo Nova and David Evans, but he did chair the Australian Stock Exchange for a bit. Anyway, these days, in between what must be very weird and tense meetings of the Prime Minister's business advisory council, he writes his wacky opinions and the Australian publishes them. Or perhaps he has someone them write for him, like Jesse Ventura or David Icke.
There was a scathing article about Maurice Newman in the Sydney Morning Herald, written in July last year. The article details some of the antics he got up to as Chair of the ASX and Chair of the ABC, plus more. You barely have to read between the lines to figure out what sort of a person he really is. Oily, suave and polite on the outside and not so nice underneath. Stephen Mayne, the consumer/financial watcher, doesn't think highly of his behaviour.
An anti-semitic Jew who values self-interest over principle
Towards the end of the SMH article it describes how he emerged as a conspiracy theorist of the climate/New World Order/One World Guvmint kind. Which is a bit strange, because that conspiracy theory has links with anti-semitism and Maurice Newman's father was reportedly Jewish. Another example of how self-interest trumps principle.
Mocked by one and all
This latest article by Maurice hit the press and was picked up by various major news companies. The BBC mocked his wackiness, as did the ABC and the Sydney Morning Herald. I don't think it made it in the USA. Even the paper that published his conspiracy nuttery, the Australian, is humiliating the poor chap. Maybe its tolerance for utter nuttery is declining. Here's the promo for his article. The headline says it all. The photo they chose just adds to the image - a foolish grin of man off his rocker:
An embarrassment to Australia
With his questionable past and his insane fantasies of the present, Maurice Newman is an embarrassment to Australia. I expect Tony Abbott or one of his mates owed him, otherwise why on earth would our PM have appointed him as Chair of his business advisory group. Maurice should be left out to pasture, muttering in his proverbial beard about the dreaded environmentalists who want to ruin the world for the world's ruiners.
David Karoly - a flat-earther as chair of an airline
The BBC article I linked to earlier, refers to Australian climate scientist, Professor David Karoly:
"It is clear he has deliberately tried to mislead the Australian public," said Professor Karoly, who is considering making a complaint to the Australian Press Council about the article.
He said the government's decision to appoint Mr Newman to its business advisory council was akin to Qantas having a chairman that believed the earth was flat.
References and further reading
- Maurice Newman: A Self-Portrait of an Utter Nutter Science Denier January 2014
- Is Maurice Newman telling Tony Abbott he should fire him? April 2014
- Sack Australia's biggest laughing stock, Maurice Newman! His denier wackiness is resurrected at WUWT August 2014
- Maurice Newman, the million-dollar smiler - a character sketch from the Sydney Morning Herald, July 2014
- Australia PM's adviser says climate change a UN hoax - BBC News May 2015
- Little support for PM's top business adviser over UN climate conspiracy theory - ABC, PM May 2015
- Climate change a UN-led ruse, says Tony Abbott's business adviser Maurice Newman - Sydney Morning Herald May 2015