Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was hit by yet another gaffe Friday, after he was caught chuckling at a joke about Pacific island nations being devastated by climate change.
The incident took place shortly before a government meeting on refugees. The meeting appeared to be running behind schedule, prompting Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to comment the meeting was running on “Cape York time.”
“We had a bit of that up in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea),” Abbott responded.
Dutton then quipped, “Time doesn’t mean anything when you’re about to have water lapping at your door.”
Abbott started laughing at the comment, until Social Services Minister Scott Morrison quietly told him a microphone was positioned overhead. Abbott immediately stopped laughing.
Abbott followed the conservative party line typical of Americans in our Republican Party through his short tenure. Managing to further screw up the economy, the government, education and all. He was fired by his party – the so-called Liberal Party – this weekend.
His replacement, Malcolm Turnbull, may not prove any better on economic matters; but, at least he understands science well enough to refute climate change deniers. He also would like to take Australia away from fealty to some distant monarch.