SPEAKING at a rally of those against the tax in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Saturday, Lord Monckton said Prime Minister Julia Gillard was destroying her own country.
“If this carbon tax goes through then it’s bye bye Australia, it’s been nice to know you,” he told the crowd of hundreds.
“You will become just another third world banana monarchy without even any bananas with the prices they’ve been charging for those at your supermarkets recently.”
Lord Monckton said there was no need for the tax and that the prime minister should listen to her people.
“Julia darling, listen to the voice of Australian people gathered here in Sydney on this beautiful, sunny but rather cold day – we could do with some more global warming,” he said.
“First of all there’s no need for it, you may have noticed the planet has not been warming at anything like the rate that they predicted, it isn’t happening and it isn’t going to happen – they got the sums wrong.
“What we’re going to do is get the sums right and the way we’re going to do is through the ballot box.”
The rowdy crowd continually cheered and there were chats of “ditch the witch” and “no more Greens”.
Lord Monckton, who is visiting from the UK, repeatedly used a mock Gillard accent to say that he agreed with the prime minister only when she said “the government I lead will not introduce a carbon tax”.
Get Up! sabotage
Halfway through the his speech the microphone power was lost and it was later revealed that political group GetUp! was responsible for pulling the power plug.
They had left placard with the words “Get Up” and “Stooge” with an arrow draw to point at Lord Monckton.
Lord Monckton accepted the placard as a gift and he said the group was a “naked left-wing political interference in right of somebody who was invited to your country to speak freely”.
He said the silencing of opponents in this way had also happened in 1930s Germany.
Lord Monckton also took a swipe at some ABC presenters who he claimed were “vilely rude” to him during interviews this week and admitted to having been unknowingly pranked by comedy team The Chaser.
He said believed the broadcaster was a supporter of totalitarianism and should no longer be publicly funded.
Gillard reassures families and pensioners at Labor conference
Earlier on Saturday, Ms Gillard acknowledged many Australians are worried about the tax.
Addressing 600 delegates at the NSW Labor State Conference in Sydney, Ms Gillard reassured families and pensioners they will be looked after under the tax due to be implemented next year.
The government will on Sunday unveil all the details of its emissions trading scheme, which will start with a fixed price for carbon from July 1, 2012, followed by a floating price from 2015.
It has been reported the starting price will be $23, with fuel for households and small business exempt and the full price only applying to about 500 of the nation’s biggest polluters.