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Frydenberg 'drowning in denial': Bandt

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has desperately resorted to personal attacks as he drowns in climate denial, the Greens claim.

Mr Frydenberg and Greens MP Adam Bandt traded barbs in federal parliament on Monday, sparked by predictions about rising sea levels from a US envoy at a recent climate change summit.

"What would be the impacts on Australian's homes, businesses and infrastructure if sea levels rise by 1.5 metres ," Mr Bandt asked the minister during question time.

Mr Frydenberg touted his government's response to climate change before taking aim at the Greens MP.

"Unlike those opposite and unlike your party ... we are being responsible in our targets," he said.

"It's OK for (Mr Bandt) to sip on his latte in Brunswick, to put his sandals up on the seat," he quipped, prompting a raucous reaction from MPs.

"Tell us about the mean streets of Kew," a Labor backbencher fired back.

The minister's "ham-fisted" performance betrayed a man desperate not to answer detailed questions, Mr Bandt said.

"Unable or unwilling to answer the question, the minister repeated his same old talking points and ultimately resorted to personal attacks," he said after question time.

"By the time a child born today reaches her thirties, she'd live in a world where the sea is 1.5 metres higher than it is now, if the US government is right."

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