A Liberal backbencher has branded a British meteorologist an 'ignorant Pommy weather girl' after she called him a climate change denier on television.
Craig Kelly, a climate change sceptic, was interviewed on Good Morning Britain on Monday by Piers Morgan and weather presenter Laura Tobin about the bushfire crisis.
Mr Kelly said there was 'simply no' evidence to suggest a long-term trend towards a warming climate and also said it was 'nonsense' that lower carbon dioxide emissions could reduce bushfires.
Morgan said he needed to 'wake up' before Miss Tobin said he was burying his 'head in the sand and called him a 'climate denier'.
On Tuesday morning, the federal MP for Hughes in Sydney's south hit back.
On Tuesday morning, the federal MP for Hughes in Sydney's south hit back with this post
Miss Tobin responded in a scathing Twitter post saying she was a qualified meteorologist with a degree in physics
He shared Daily Mail's article about the interview on Facebook and wrote sarcastically: 'Oh no! Ignorant Pommy weather girl calls me a 'climate change denier'.'
Miss Tobin responded in a scathing Twitter post saying she was a qualified meteorologist with a degree in physics.
'I know what I'm talking about, do you?' she wrote.
Mr Kelly is on the right wing of the Liberal Party and heavily criticised Malcolm Turnbull's controversial plan for a national energy and emissions policy.
During the interview on Monday, he said that the fires were caused by poor forest management - rather than climate change.
Mr Kelly said: 'You have to look at the science, but one of the factors contributing are the fuel loads. Every commission post bushfire says we need to reduce them, but we always fail to do so.
'Our lifestyle depends on fossil fuels, it can't be done without it. Some politicians have hijacked the debate to push their ideological barrow but what causes fires? Drought and build-up of fuel loads.'
Meteorologist Miss Tobin told Mr Kelly that Australia had experienced its hottest and driest year ever year on record 'with forecasts records that go back more than 100 years'
Fire crews put out spot fires on January 4 in Sarsfield, Victoria