Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman says people have “every right” to question climate projections.

“The hysterical projections made … 30, 34 years ago, exactly the same sounding sort of projections that we hear today,” he told Sky News host Alan Jones.

“It’s right and proper we question it.”

It comes as debate over climate policy is heating up ahead of the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, with pressure building on Australia to commit to a net-zero by 2050 target.

“People are hell-bent on doing this,” Mr Newman said.

“What will we see? We’ll see the rural sector in Australia decimated … we’ll also see importantly the coal and the fossil fuel producing parts of our economy and our regions decimated.

“They absolutely do not know the extent of the economic carnage they’ll create.”

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