Bowen calls for Bolt’s sacking.
Climate change minister Chris Bowen is urging News Corp to dismiss columnist Andrew Bolt following a controversial column in which Bolt asserted that Australians are weary of “kowtowing to the primitive.” Bolt criticized Bowen’s actions at the Cop28 climate summit in Dubai, accusing him of connecting the government’s tribalism and anti-oil stance. The summit concluded with nearly 200 countries agreeing to transition away from fossil fuels.
In his address at the summit, Bowen emphasized the importance of respecting Indigenous people’s knowledge and traditions in addressing climate change. Bolt dismissed these remarks as “brainless posturing,” questioning the selective nature of Bowen’s respect and whether it extended to non-white Indigenous groups.
Bolt further criticized Bowen’s stance by contrasting it with what he perceived as the abandonment of “primitive” beliefs by non-Indigenous societies through reason and science. He specifically targeted Aboriginal people, mentioning a legal challenge against a gas project based on the disturbance of a crocodile believed to inhabit the area since the Dreamtime.
Bowen responded on social media, condemning Bolt’s characterization of First Nations people as “primitive” and calling for his dismissal by News Ltd. Bolt defended his position, clarifying that he referred to the belief in a crocodile deity, not the Aboriginal people themselves.
The column also delves into the federal court dispute between Tiwi Islanders and Santos over a proposed gas pipeline, where Indigenous beliefs about the Crocodile Man and the Rainbow Serpent were presented as evidence.
Bolt, known for opposing emissions reduction measures and dismissing climate science, has a history of promoting views contrary to mainstream climate science.