14 September 2016
by Latika Bourke
One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts calls for 'Aus-Exit' from 'monster' United Nations in first speechSenator Malcolm Roberts delivers his first speech as One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson listens.
One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has called on Australia to mimic Britain's Brexit and leave the "socialistic, monolithic" United Nations during his first speech to Parliament, in which he also compared himself to Socrates and claimed there was absolutely no link between carbon dioxide and climate change.
Praising Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union, which had the power to set laws and regulations affecting domestic laws in member countries, Senator Roberts called on Australians to launch an "Aus-exit" from institutions including the UN and International Monetary Fund.
In his maiden Senate speech, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has called on Australia to mimic Britain's Brexit, questioned the science behind climate change, and praised One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson.
"Australia's values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations," he said.
"The EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, forcing their frightening agenda on the people. It is also the UN's template, and Australia must leave the UN."
"We need an Aus-exit," he declared.
Senator Roberts profusely praised his mentor Pauline Hanson as "Our Pauline". Video footage shows the One Nation Leader repeatedly shaking her head and rolling her eyes.
Comparing himself to the Greek philosopher and father of Western philosophy, Socrates, Senator Roberts said he liked to ask questions and had posed many querying the science behind climate change.
"Like Socrates, I love asking questions to get to the truth," he said.
Citing an honours engineering degree covering atmospheric gases from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, he declared climate change a "scam."
"It is basic. The sun warms the earth's surface. The surface, by contact, warms the moving, circulating atmosphere. That means the atmosphere cools the surface. How then can the atmosphere warm it? It cannot. That is why their computer models are wrong.
"The UN's claim is absurd. Instead of science, activists invoke morality, imply natural weather events are unusual, appeal to authority and use name-calling, ridicule and emotion. They avoid discussing facts and rely on pictures of cute smiling dolphins. These are not evidence of human effect on climate," he said.
The EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, forcing their frightening agenda on the people. It is also the UN's template, and Australia must leave the UN. We need an Aus-exit.
One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts
His claims are at odds with the world's leading scientific and research bodies including NASA, the CSIRO and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
NASA's recent Our Changing Climate report says "The global warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels."
"The conclusion that human influences are the primary driver of recent climate change is based on multiple lines of independent evidence," the report adds.
Australia's Department of Environment and Energy states the climate is changing, "largely due to the observed increases in human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), agriculture and land clearing."
"Changes over the 20th century include increases in global average air and ocean temperature, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global sea levels," the agency's website says.
Senator Roberts, elected by voters in Queensland, also called for "privately owned central banks" to be replaced by a government-owned "people's bank" that would "shield" Australians from the "manipulation" of the international banking sector.
Perhaps predicting his first speech to parliament would be mocked by his political opponents, Senator Roberts declared: "We are not worried what the establishment says about us. We are not here for the establishment. We are here for everyday people and our nation."
He also singled out Pauline Hanson's chief advisor James Ashby for praise.
Mr Ashby was an aide to former Speaker Peter Slipper, who accused Mr Slipper of sexual harassment. The charges were dismissed by a Federal Court judge in 2012, a decision which Mr Ashby appealed. However, he later dropped the legal action.