Greens Senator Bob Brown continues to draw widespread criticism for accusing the mining industry of having a hand in the devastating floods across the country.
Bob Katter, member for the Queensland seat of Kennedy, is the latest to voice his objection to Brown’s comments, saying they are ridiculous and hypocritical.
Earlier in the week the Greens leader suggested the mining industry should foot the bill for the flood clean-up, because the industry is a major contributor to global warming.
But Katter says the argument shows inconsistency.
"There is a problem that will arise in the oceans that we should be cognisant of," he said.
"But Mr Brown, with all due respects, [has] the hide to say to the Australian people that it’s causing massive flooding, when not a year ago and for the last 10 years, they’ve been telling us that it’s been causing the drought on the Murray Darling."
He’s also accused Brown of being insensitive to the devastation people across the flooded areas are suffering.
"I react with great anger," he said.
"You can’t let people get away with that sort of hypocrisy and misrepresentations to the public of Australia."
Queensland’s Natural Resource Minister Stephen Robertson has also reacted against the comments, saying such comments from the Greens are not helping the situation.
"We need to take a sober look as to what occurred, particularly in terms of what the Bureau of Meteorology is telling us," he said.
"But to go out there at this point in time and point the finger in particular directions is not good science and I don’t think the debate about climate change is particularly well served by those more emotional outbursts that we’ve been seeing by some individuals."
Unions and politicians have called for Brown to retract or apologise for his comments.