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One Nation likens SA government to Taliban

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Belinda Merhab

One Nation's climate sceptic senator Malcolm Roberts says the Taliban is at work in the government of South Australia. © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas One Nation's climate sceptic senator Malcolm Roberts says the Taliban is at work in the government of South Australia. One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has likened the South Australian government to the Taliban over its energy policies.

In a speech to the Senate on Wednesday, the outspoken climate sceptic compared the state to Afghanistan's hardline Islamic movement for "deliberately detonating" a coal-fired power plant.

"The Taliban is at work in the government of South Australia."

Labor's Glenn Sterle objected to the comparison.

"When the senator refers to the Taliban - who treat women as second-class citizens, public hangings in their squares - that is absolutely disgusting".

The South Australian government has faced criticism since a statewide blackout in September was linked by some to its reliance on renewable energy.

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