ABC news story – Fremantle Mayor supports Monckton lecture

The ABC posted this story an hour or two ago.

This will be a controversial lecture and I will be there to challenge him on the facts.

While Lord Monckton has the right to his own opinion he does not have the right to his own facts!

cheers, Brad

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/24/3253063.htm

A Western Australian university will allow climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton to speak at a lecture next week, despite pressure to cancel the event.

At a speech in the United States earlier this month, Lord Monckton labelled the Federal Government’s climate change adviser, Ross Garnaut, a fascist and used a Nazi swastika to illustrate his point.

Today, he offered Professor Garnaut an apology.

Lord Monckton is due to speak at Notre Dame University’s Fremantle campus next Thursday.

The Mayor of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, who will be attending the lecture, says it is important it goes ahead.

“By engaging with people like this and showing how factually incorrect they are and this needs to be debated about, the fact and the climate science is very certain, I think we can actually show them for the frauds that they are and I think this is actually really important to have this event and actually show him for what he is and have that engagement.”

The university’s Dean of Business Chris Doepel says some invited guests now want it cancelled, but the event will go ahead.

“The university will hold it because we have a commitment to academic freedom,” he said.

Professor Doepel says there are no plans to censor Lord Monckton’s presentation.

“I think Lord Monckton is coming into this country with a clear understanding of the boundaries around polite discussion,” he said.

Professor Doepel says the 200-strong crowd will be free to ask questions.

Earlier this week, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies confirmed Lord Monckton would speak at its conference in Perth next week.

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