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HANSON: The State Government of Queensland
have a budget deficit of $90 billion, yet we’re talking about the Olympic Games 12 years
down the track. 2032. Now, when I’ve travelled the state quite extensively, I am going to
towns that don’t even have water. They’re trucking water in, Stanthorpe is one. Biggendon,
lack of water infrastructure. The Oxford University has done a survey into the cost of Olympics
to cities that host them. There’s an average of 156% blowout and at the cost of the Olympics,
they estimate it is about $12.5 billion, our money that is going to cost us. I don’t believe
that we can afford it and I think water infrastructure is more important to Queensland.Australia’s
having a pretty rough time at the moment, though. We’ve seen years of drought. It’s
still going on. BARBOUR: Shocking, unprecedented bushfires.
Don’t you think this sort of tourism is perhaps what the country needs going ahead? HANSON: (LAUGHS) No, I don’t. If you’re talking
about tourism, and, as you said, we’ve had drought and bushfires, America put out don’t
travel to Australia because of the bushfires. Why would people want to go to a community
in rural and regional Australia when townships are shutting down? Shops are closing. They
look worn out. The fact is we don’t have the water. BARBOUR: As far as other drought-proofing
measures, when you look at the current bushfire crisis, would you like to see some of the
money that perhaps would have gone towards something like hosting the Olympics, or an
Olympic bid, maybe spent on a bushfire royal commission instead? HANSON: Lucy, let me just tell you, you are
incorrect with the information about the Bradfield scheme not being feasible. The feasibility
study was done and it has said it would be feasible to do it. They are saying to give
it to foreign investors to build the scheme, which I’m totally opposed to. This should
be built by Australians, for Australians, owned by the Queensland and Australian government.
Therefore, that is incorrect, your information. What better scheme should we have than building
water infrastructure that will give water assurance and security to the people of Australia
rather than seeing them told they’re on water restrictions in our townships and it’s disgusting
that we’ve increased our population into Australia but we have not looked after our water infrastructure.
As far as having a royal commission into the bushfires, by all means, but we must attach
that to let’s have the true science and peer review of the scientists and their climate
change fiasco that’s going on at the moment, which is impacting on the cost of electricity,
the cost of living to people, especially rural and regional areas where it’s sky rocketing,
they can’t afford it, and this is having an impact on townships as well and that those
people in cities who can’t afford the rising cost of electricity. Yes, I’d like that to
be part of the royal commission if we’re going to have it into the bushfires. BARBOUR: Sure. And what role do you think
climate change has played in these recent bushfires? HANSON: Of course it has. Look, climate is
changing, by all means, but to say it’s purely because of man-made climate change, I think,
is ridiculous. Our planet has changed. It has done for millions of years and will continue
to do so. But the fact is you can’t blame it purely on climate change, it’s not the
case. BARBOUR: But even the federal science minister… HANSON: We have not looked after our national
parks, we have not looked after giving the fire services the ability to do fire breaks
and clean up and councils are stopping people from clearing trees around their properties.
We live in a country where we have the Eucalypt tree which explodes in fires. BARBOUR: But as far as the question of climate
change, even this week, the federal Science Minister is saying we have to stop debating
whether it’s real or not and get on with adapting to it. Last year, if we look at Australia,
it was the hottest, driest year on record. Globally the last decade has been the warmest.
How much of a temperature increase would you feel comfort with by 2030? HANSON: Temperatures have been increasing
actually by the records, they say by their records. Their records start in the early
1900s. They won’t go back to the records prior to the 1900s. Look in the records of 1890,
1880, which were hotter than what they are now. So they choose to pick what records they
want to expose to the public. BARBOUR: What would you feel comfortable with… HANSON: We need debate about it. BARBOUR: When you think about farmers who
are – you represent a lot of farmers and they are on the front-line of this, they are dealing
with climate change every day. They just get on with it and do it. Are you sort of – have
you got a certain figure in your mind that would be a limit as far as a temperature rise
for the country and for the world? HANSON: OK, if the climate is going to change,
and it’s going to increase in temperature 2 to 3 degrees is what they’re predicting
in 100 years’ time, you tell me what they propose to do to change it. BARBOUR: The Deputy Nationals leader Bridget
McKenzie has been accused of using a $100 million sports grant program as a slush fend
fund, effectively in the lead-up to the last election, do you think she has been quit? HANSON: She has been accused of it because
an audit was done and proven that it was. Yes, she is guilty of that. She says she hasn’t.
Well, the audit has proven they have used it for pork barrelling as a slush fund. I
thought she was hopeless in dealing with the dairy industry. This is another case in point.
I call for her resignation, that she should step down in any portfolio as minister. I
don’t think she is up to doing the job. I stand by that. This is case in point. I just
don’t think… Australian people are sick and tired of pork barrelling by politicians
and looking after their own nest egg. BARBOUR: I’m guessing, then, you would support
Labor and the Greens in pushing for a Senate inquiry into her handling of this program? HANSON: Well, if it’s going to prove they’ve
used that money, taxpayers’ dollars, to feather their own nest and further themselves, yes,
I do.

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