October 02, 2003


Iím not sure if any tickets remain, but Sydney readers with an interest in issues environmental might enjoy Bjorn Lomborgís speech this Friday beginning at noon at Pavilion on the Park, 1 Art Gallery Road. Call the Institute for Public Affairs on (03) 9600 4744 for details. The event is co-hosted by Quadrant. Iíll be making closing comments, and lunch is provided (assuming, of course, there are still seats available).

UPDATE. Also of interest: Thomas R. DeGregoriís Bountiful Harvest: Technology, Food Safety, and the Environment, about obstructionist NGOs and their hobby of starving the Third World.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 2, 2003 03:33 AM

Why do I have the feeling that this post's mention of lunch, Quadrant, and me, will upset a certain reliable commenter?

Posted by: tim at October 2, 2003 at 03:39 AM

Hi sis.

That was just in case I miss him.

Posted by: ZsaZsa at October 2, 2003 at 03:46 AM

Lunch? Did someone say Lunch?

Yours hungrily,

The Lunch Dude

Posted by: Tongue Boy at October 2, 2003 at 06:36 AM

i hope it's a LONG lunch with FINE wines too!

Posted by: roscoe p coltrane at October 2, 2003 at 08:55 AM

Nice to see Quadrant hosting an event in such an upmarket venue. I can't see a group of environazis holding one of their rantfests in such splendour.
They do a great Sunday breakfast at the Pavilion on the Park too.

Posted by: Toryhere at October 2, 2003 at 08:56 AM

I went to see Lomborg last night at UQ. I tried to go there with an open mind, but I came away with the conclusion that the environmentalists who vilify him are idiots who are wasting bandwidth and paper.

What he says about the improved conditions of the developing world is undeniably true - they are better off today than they were 50 years ago. That doesn't mean there isn't a problem, it's just that it's improving.

Unlike Andrew Bolt, he acknowledges that global warming is happening, and that it's something we have to deal with. It's just that Kyoto is an extremely expensive way of doing very little - we could use the money much better, eg giving clean water and sanitation to the whole world (and that's just one year's worth of Kyoto costs).

Posted by: ausduck at October 2, 2003 at 10:43 AM

Is there to be a repeat in Melbourne, where the food, wine, surroundings and audience will be far more pleasant?

We also have a more virulent version of the "brain-dead demonstrator virus".

Posted by: Michael Gill at October 2, 2003 at 10:44 AM

I was planning to go after seeing Tim's column in the Bulletin, but then I saw the price of the tickets. $144 for a lunch and a lecture? Isn't Lomborg speaking anywhere else in Sydney?

Posted by: Jorge at October 2, 2003 at 01:09 PM

A correction, global warming is not occuring. This is the big bogey man greenies use to advance their pol potian vision. There is no science underpinning the calim of global warming, except for hocus hocus and plenty of methaneous gases uttered by greenies and politicians who find it convenient, for some odd reason, to treat the hot air as so, so, so so true.Like chretian of France, Canada's leading mystic.

Posted by: d at October 2, 2003 at 01:14 PM

You do get a lot of EXPENSIVE WINE at the LUNCH for that price.

Posted by: tim at October 2, 2003 at 01:16 PM

I'd love to buy Lomborg's book, but at $59.95 (Dymocks) it's too much.

Anyone know where one can pick up a copy at a more reasonable price (prefer online)?


Posted by: Frederick at October 2, 2003 at 02:59 PM

Why aren't all you poor people joining in with your bolshevik bothers in protesting Lomborg! If you arent earning 100k a year, you should be protesting. It's like a rule or something.

Posted by: Yobbo at October 2, 2003 at 03:09 PM

Amazon has second-hand copies from $US13.81.

Posted by: tim at October 2, 2003 at 03:27 PM

Thank you, Tim.

Posted by: Frederick at October 2, 2003 at 04:28 PM

We just got back from Lomborg's talk today at the National Press Club.

It was fantastic.

The reactions of some of the greenies in the audience to what he was saying was a real pleasure to see, and was easily worth more than the price of admission, which was $55.

I guess the question of whether you will get your $144 worth at the Sydney talk depends on how much you value watching greenies froth at the mouth...

Posted by: Alex Robson at October 2, 2003 at 05:22 PM

forget lomborg.. what was the LUNCH like? details please (i'm into food porn).

Posted by: roscoe p coltrane at October 2, 2003 at 06:32 PM

There is a problem with these EXPENSIVE LUNCHES... it excludes a lot of people, ordinary folk who need to hear Lomborgs message.

Posted by: Aaron at October 3, 2003 at 12:24 AM

Robson, do share the mouth watering details of the greenies' discomforture. It's torture that you stooped at alluding to comic effects only. Expand, do.

Posted by: d at October 3, 2003 at 09:43 AM

Re Aaronís point: ďOne Australian university initially refused to let this professor of statistics give a free lecture.Ē

Posted by: tim at October 3, 2003 at 11:24 AM

So much for scholarly integrity, and the quest for truth.Hey, what am I saying.

History is about writing myths.Quackery which comes in bucket loads of shit via sociology, psychology, environmental `science', femmo-nazi studies, `deconstruction' and `interpretation', `relgious studies', latino studies, degrees in `airport security', `nursing',`teaching', macrame; it is no puzzle why Lomborg isn't allowed into an Oz Uni. and distinguished professors like Blainey driven out.

Posted by: d at October 3, 2003 at 11:45 AM

A JJJ newsreader mentioned during the week that Mr L.'s visit to Australia was being supported by, quote, "the partially government-funded Institute Of Public Affairs." I for one am absolutely sick and tired of these special interest groups pushing their causes at the taxpayer's expense. Hand back that money, Greenpeace! Cough up, ACOSS! Thank you, Tim, I feel much better now.

Posted by: Greg Atkins at October 4, 2003 at 02:54 PM