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Victims of New South Wales' bushfires are dragged into the federal political arena as politicians bicker over the role of climate change and controlled burning. Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has claimed two of the victims who were killed at the weekend had "most likely" voted for the Greens — comments senior Government minister Mathias Cormann has denounced. He made the comments as he sought to attack Greens politicians for what he said was a failure to support hazard-reduction burning during winter.
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A Greens senator has branded major party politicians "arsonists" in an incendiary spray on climate policy as catastrophic fire conditions grip NSW.
An enraged Jordon Steele-John, who represents Western Australia, let rip in the Senate on Tuesday during debate on the federal government's proposed laws cracking down on energy companies.
"How dare any of you suggest that in this moment at this time it is appropriate to be prosecuting a piece of legislation with the aim of propping up coal," he told the chamber.
Greens MP backs senator's 'arsonist' spray
Greens MP Adam Bandt has supported partyroom colleague Jordon Steele-John's incendiary spray over climate change policy.Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed a colleague labelling major party politicians "arsonists" over climate change policy.
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"You are no better than a bunch of arsonists - borderline arsonists - and you should be ashamed."
Despite objections from Labor frontbencher Murray Watt, Senator Steele-John refused to withdraw his comments, insisting they were true.
"For Senator Steele-John to refer to members of this chamber as arsonists on the very day that we are told by fire chiefs that we are seeing conditions that this country has never seen before is beyond offensive," Senator Watt said.
He called for the Greens to reflect on "political point-scoring" they were engaging in as fires raged across Australia.
Senator Steele-John argues the so-called "big stick" laws will help keep outdated coal-fired power stations open and contribute to climate change.
He said the fires were not a natural disaster because humans were contributing to climate change by burning coal.
"There will come a time when the Australian community shall look back on this moment and ask what we were doing to help as they were fighting fires on the front," the Greens senator said.
His furious spray is the latest escalation in an increasingly fierce climate change debate which has been inflamed by bushfires.
Greens MPs 'have been disgracing themselves' over bushfire comments .
Sky News host Chris Kenny says Greens politicians “have been disgracing themselves” over climate change comments directed at the Morrison government as bushfires continue to devastate the nation. Greens MP Adam Bandt was criticised by politicians from across the political spectrum after he accused the government of putting people’s “lives at risk” unless it brings the “climate emergency under control”.Mr Kenny described suggestions made by Mr Bandt and Richard Di Natale, directed at the government, as being “macabre, ghoulish and utterly stupid”.