Australians notice the changes. The weather conditions are more extreme. The droughts are more severe and more numerous. Dams were drying up. And then you get these extreme rain events.. The one that hit the Lockear Valley resulted in such a tragic loss of lives and it came out of the blue.. What was meant to be a day with showers and some rain resulted in severe flash flooding and a wall of water coming down a mountain and hitting small towns in the valley with people not even having time to run.. In my home State, we were getting battered by one severe cyclone after another. As for the severe thunderstorms.. It is so bad now that just about every single storm causes damage in some way, shape or form. My parents nearly lost their house in a severe hail storm the likes rarely seen - tennis ball sized hail storm that lasted for over 20 minutes. And the wind.. They nearly lost the roof, the roof tiles were damaged, they suffered severe damage to the internal walls since the hail was coming down so big, thick and fast that it clogged up the gutters in about 2 minutes and the water from that flooded under the roof line and into the walls and ceiling.. The trees were knocked down, those that were not lost all of their leaves and fruit.. This was wide spread and it is literally a daily occurrence in some areas. In the warmer months, these are daily occurrences in many areas of the state. Sure, big storms are a thing in Queensland. But the severity and the numbers of them is increasing every year. I would dare Mr Abbott to come to Queensland and declare that climate change is not real. We know it is very real. The farmers also know it is all too real. The threat to people's homes, health and livelihood is all too real here. It is a political stunt, by Abbott. The Carbon tax was unpopular, but we adapted, we were given subsidies and aid to cover for it. So in the end it was not that bad. Especially with the subsidies that allowed people to access solar panels.. Abbott won the election on the promise of eliminating the Carbon Tax (after painting it as some sort of dooms day tax) and to not impose any new taxes. The first budget saw the elimination of the Carbon Tax, but the implementation of so many new taxes and cuts to health and education, cuts to the poor and new taxes imposed on them and now cuts to climate change programs as well - which include subsidies for solar panels which reduce dependency on coal burning for electricity. It's ridiculous. When you drive around in Queensland, for example, solar panels are common now. The reliance on environmentally unfriendly sourced electricity fell. People's power bills went down, it was better for the environment. Why would you not continue with such schemes? It is good for the environment, reduces our reliance on oil and coal, we pay less for power.. We are using an energy source that is clean and safe.. It defies logic. To put it into how bad it is here and how the weather has changed.. A few weeks ago, my kids went surfing at the beach, the water was warm and the weather even warmer. Usually at the start of May, it is cool enough to make beach swimming an unpleasant experience. But the temperature was in the mid 30's and the water temperature in the mid 20's. It was ridiculous. No one could understand why it was still so warm and why it was as hot as it gets in summer (we had to turn the aircon on). My kids were in the pool every day after school it was that hot. Then on the Thursday night, the weather bureau issued a forecast of possible snow in the ranges behind us (about 30 minutes away). Of course no one believed it. We went to sleep, no blankets because it was so hot and by 3am, the temperature had dropped down to about 5 degrees. Not by 5, but to 5 degrees. It was freezing cold for the next week. Today, it is warm enough for me to be wearing shorts and a t-shirt with fans back on. This is not normal here, at all. Sure, we enjoy a more temperate climate than most of the country, but this? Not normal. And that tool in Canberra cuts global warming funding by 90% because he does not believe in climate change? It is infuriating.