It is sometimes difficult to remember that the idiotic member of Pauline Hanson’s One Notion Party, Malcolm Roberts is still in the Australian Senate. He has been the source of much hilarity during his tenure, notably when he was made to look a complete moron in Senate hearings by the then secretary of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Michael Pezzullo1, and was made to look decidedly ignorant by particle physicist Brian Cox in not understanding global temperature increase2, and lastly, when trying to convince people he was not a dual citizen, simply because he believed he wasn’t3.
Now Roberts has outdone himself, and shown that he is so profoundly ignorant that it beggars belief. In response to someone’s Tweet about advice on mask wearing to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, Roberts responded on Facebook with the following:
““Trust the science” they say. It would be a lot easier to trust their science if it didn’t keep changing.”4
Nothing demonstrates his ignorance more than this. While I realise that he is referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, the medical advice dealing with it is changing from day to day as discoveries are made. More broadly, this statement by Roberts is astonishing in its simplicity, such that in two sentences, Malcolm Roberts shows that not only doesn’t he understand how science progresses and paradigms change, but that he doesn’t understand how the modern world came to be.