Nationals MP for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, has been providing endless amusement since he entered the NSW Parliament – not least because on the floor of the House he has suddenly developed a vocabulary, turn of phrase and occasional grasp of concepts which are totally foreign to his normal self and past utterance in the respective council chambers of the Maclean and Clarence Valley local governments.
One has to suspect that he is well-rehearsed by his ‘unofficial’ speech writer/s.
However one of his latest efforts is mindboggling, as it appears that in less than a month his climate change denialism has disappeared:
“Climate change is expected to affect the behaviour of invasive species as they shift in distribution and abundance in response to the changing environment.” [NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, 8 May 2012]
Or has it? Cynics would say he wanted something on record to point to before the electorate’s laughter about his anti-science absurdities becomes too loud.