SENATOR Steve Fielding has had a revelation: the Federal Government is full of climate change sceptics
"If they really believe the science, you wouldn't do a 5 [per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions], you wouldn't do 20, you would do 30 or 40. If you really believe the science, how could you support anything other than 40 per cent?"
No, the Family First senator hasn't changed his mind on global warming. When The Age found him he had just landed at the Bella Centre, Copenhagen, and was standing in his pinstripe suit in the middle of the atrium, taking in the spectacle of 15,000 people brought together by climate change.
He is among them, but not with them, doubting the science underpinning the conference. He doubts the Government's solution of an emissions trading scheme - a proposal he has helped vote down twice - and doubts the Government is being fair dinkum about its commitment.