An idea that stemmed from a few drinks between friends will now be backed by Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart and be made into a documentary with the BBC.
Famed climate sceptic Christopher Monckton, whose formal title is “Viscount Monckton of Brenchley”, will embark on a tour around Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and, of course, Noosa.
The two retirees that invited Lord Monckton to Australia, Case Smit and John Smeed, called for donations to cover the $100,000 needed for the Lord’s stipend, accommodation and travel and, along with thousands being donated from climate change sceptics throughout the country, it was support from the Hancock Prospecting chairperson Gina Rinehart that really amazed the sprightly pair.
“I have to say it’s amazing beyond our dreams,” Mr Smit said.
“We haven’t received (Ms Rinehart’s) donation yet but she has promised to do so.
“And it’s amazing that the BBC would do a documentary on his tour of Australia, especially since the BBC has been so anti the sceptic movement.”
Mr Smit said he wrote to Australia’s first female billionaire to tell her that the original organiser of the Perth event wasn’t available anymore and could she suggest someone to help.
“She said, ‘I’ll get my office to organise it’.
“So Gina Rinehart’s office is the contact for the Perth event.”
Ms Rinehart did not return calls to the Noosa News before deadline.
Mr Smit said the planned tour came from him and Mr Smeed having a sit-down at Ricky’s River Bar in Noosa.
“We were talking about the misinformation of global warming and said, ‘Why don’t we get Lord Monckton out?’.
Since then, each tour location is expected to be full and lunches held in Sydney and Melbourne had also sold out, along with tickets to his lunchtime debate with the Brisbane Institute.
“We’re getting security and have alerted police,” Mr Smit said.
“But he thrives on the heckling and loves fielding difficult questions.
“We’re not afraid of them (non-sceptics) but we hope it does not become physical.”
Mr Smit said Lord Monckton would come to Noosa for a rest in the midst of his national tour, but had agreed to speak at The J on January 30 at 2pm.
Admission to the talk will be a $20 donation at the door.
“We were talking about the misinformation of global warming and said, ‘Why don’t we get Lord Monckton out?’.”