Is Craig Kelly the dumbest parliamentarian?

By May 3, 2018Australian Politics

Craig Kelly MP is the member for Hughesin southwestern Sydney. The electorate extends from Chipping Norton and Warwick Farm in the North, to the Georges River in the West, Engadine in the South and Illawong in the East. Kelly has been in parliament since the 2010 federal election.

Kelly is renowned for using his mouth long before his brain, such as it is, is in gear. He is a climate change denierand was strongly against same-sex marriage. As part of the former group, he is a member of the libellously misnamed Monash Forum3, a group of mostly religious right wing nutters, that is in part designed to protect the coal industry and in part to destroy Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

Kelly is on record as saying that renewable energy would kill people during the winter of 2017, because “one-in-four Australian households this winter will be frightened to turn the heater on because of the price of electricity”. Of course, Kelly laid the high price of electricity at the feet of the government’s Renewable Energy Target. Strangely, Kelly stated that the supposed $3 billion going to subsidising renewable energy, “pushes up the price of electricity to the consumer”. How this happens seems to be known only to Kelly4. Kelly also fails to note that the Australian government subsidises coal production to the tune of about $1.8 billion per annum. Using Kelly’s ‘logic’ that must also be increasing electricity prices. Also, given that only 38% of households use electricity for heating5, Kelly’s statistic would mean that nearly two thirds of people who use electricity for heating were afraid to use it. Fortunately, Kelly’s great Winter die-off failed to materialise.

I am not alone in thinking Kelly may be the dumbest parliamentarian, with Joe Aston, in the Financial Review calling Kelly “outlandishly talentless”, the Coalition’s “dopiest MP” and a “prize idiot”. These were all in a story about Kelly railing against a non-existent plan to subsidise the spread of electric cars in Australia. In his diatribe, Kelly actually stated that electric cars “created more carbon dioxide pollution than petrol vehicles”7. Kelly is seemingly unaware that this would only be the case if coal generated most of our grid electricity. This is rapidly decreasing, as renewables increase their percentage of generating capacity, and this is not only because geriatric coal-fired power stations are being closed, but because they are unreliable, and because renewables are rapidly decreasing in cost.

Kelly’s latest idiocy is in response to visiting French President Emanuel Macron’s vain plea for Malcolm Turnbull to show some leadership regarding climate change policy. Believe it or not, Kelly stated that the sea level at Fort Denison on photographs from 150 years ago is about the same as it is today8. The fact that Kelly could say this without being aware of whether it was high or low tide or in-between when the 150 year old photograph was taken, clearly demonstrates his limited intellect. There are multiple sources of data which shows that sea level is rising and is doing so at about 3 millimetres per annum9. To say otherwise, as Kelly did, simply demonstrates his inability to distinguish between what he wants to believe, and reality. That is very, very stupid.

Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_of_Hughes
  2. http://www.blotreport.com/australian-politics/climate-change-deniers-in-parliament/
  3. http://www.blotreport.com/australian-politics/return-of-the-monkey-pod-boys/
  4. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-13/renewable-energy-killing-people-this-winter,-liberal-mp-says/8703836
  5. https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-production-subsidies-cost-australians-1-8bn-a-year-77543/
  6. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4602.0.55.001
  7. http://www.afr.com/brand/rear-window/sky-news-craig-kelly-and-a-stillborn-backbench-revolt-20180131-h0rdbj
  8. https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/991528496529788928
  9. http://www.blotreport.com/science/deniers-sea-level/

 

6 Comments

  • Yes, the talent pool for the ruling rabble is exceedingly shallow. But the pity is almost everything these ning-nongs utter is quite deliberate and only designed to deflect attention from major issues.
    But on the other hand perhaps Kelly is trying to be equal with the few females this rabble select like O’Dwyer and Banks ?

    • admin says:

      Lawrence,
      It does beggar belief that their talent definitely comes from the shallow end of the paddling pool.

  • Donald Cameron says:

    Only biddable folk with limited intellect and very elastic ethics are suitable for preslection in LNP

    • admin says:

      Donald,
      It certainly seems that way. We need to allow only individual citizens to donate and to cap the amount on donations.

  • Jon says:

    Kelly is either a liar or grossly ignorant, and since he has no excuse for not knowing the facts that makes him a fool as well – or as philosopher SJ Mill once remarked, a typical conservative (“not all conservatives are fools but most fools are conservative”). Numerous analyses by experts have found that renewables play a very small part in the price of electricity (between 7% and 16% of the actual cost) with privatisation and gold plating of assets (41%) the major reason behind the massive rises in energy prices. Add to that the incompetence of the current government and the general complacency of previous federal parliaments which have done nothing to secure energy supply and you have the REAL picture. Kelly’s Fort Denison comment isn’t even original. It’s a regurgitation of Abbott’s similarly stupid comment about Manly sea levels some years ago. Both suffer from ideological blindness. Perhaps Kelly has also been eating onions thinking they were fruit?

    • admin says:

      Jon,
      I wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly did think onions were a fruit. He seems to believe all sorts of other ludicrous propositions.

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