ABC journalists should ignore Chair Newman's anti-science nonsense

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The Australian Greens today urged ABC journalists to ignore the anti-science nonsense peddled by the Chair of their board and instead increase their strong coverage of climate change.

ABC Board Chair, Maurice Newman, today told senior ABC staff that climate change was an "emotional issue" and that journalists were too "intolerant" of climate sceptics.

"I trust that ABC journalists will not be cowed by the anti-science speech delivered by the Chair of their board," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"Maurice Newman has no expertise in climate science and his interference in the independence of his journalists is unwelcome.

"It is entirely inappropriate for Mr Newman to make these comments and he should seriously consider publicly withdrawing them."