MEGAN WOODWARD, REPORTER: At 80 years of age, Bob Brinsmead is a man who always has and still does want more from his tropical fruit farm. He moved to the region as a 12-year-old and has called this property home since the early 70s.
BOB BRINSMEAD: Because of its micro-climate and the type of soil we have, it's ideal for a great range of tropical fruit growing. And we began growing all the common types of tropical fruit - mangoes, bananas, guavas, custard apples, macadamia nuts. And then having exhausted that, then my interest extended to: what other fruits are there out there in the world?
MEGAN WOODWARD: There are now more than 500 different types of tropical fruit grown here, representing every inhabited continent in the world.
And Bob's Final Word on Landline:
The kids grew up here, they spent their time helping to pick some of the fruit, planting the new kinds of fruit. Often, I guess, it became irksome to them sometimes to drag irrigation pipes around, but we've modernised since those days. We've made provision as a family this remains as an ancestral home. We were offered the - by the local planning authorities, they offered to include this territory here in the future urban planning for the Tweed, and we said we're not interested. And we want to maintain what it is.Bob is also a member of the Australian Environment Foundation and a Climate Sceptic. He has previously written of the man made global warming hoax : An Irrational Fear of Carbon.
|Dr Wes Allen and Bob Brinsmead|
Now Bob poses a question:
- When it appeals to the authority of consensus.
- When it uses the ad hominem card against its sceptics.
- When it says that “the science is settled” and “the debate is closed.”
- When it promotes a theory that cannot be falsified.
- When it is driven by a “confirmation bias”, reporting only findings that appear to support it and hiding those that don’t.
- When it exaggerates the extent and dangers of climate change.
- When it fails to acknowledge the uncertainties of the science.
- When it refuses to acknowledge any positive aspects of climate change - like the benefits of rising CO2 levels and a greener world.
- When it demonizes scepticism and lauds blind faith.
- When it becomes dependent on Government support and fails to maintain a prudent separation of Science and State.