Australia’s deputy prime minister Michael McCormack told DEA member and GP, Dr Trudi Beck, who is a constituent in Wagga Wagga, NSW, that he disputed evidence of global warming because historical weather measurements might not be accurate. Dr Beck also reported that Mr McCormack said to her at a scheduled meeting in his electorate office that she should abandon her attendance at weekly picnic protests outside his office and “do something useful like volunteer for Meals on Wheels instead”.
The statement refuting global warming by Mr McCormack, a key city leader in the major Riverina town of Wagga, a normally conservative part of the country prone to extremes of drought, fire and flood, has intensified local pressure on him to clarify his position.
Dr Beck has also been central to a community push for the council’s climate emergency declaration.
Read the full story in the Guardian which was published on 19 July 2019 HERE.
Image: Dr Trudi Beck (she is on the far right of the photo)