The senator, who sits on the cross benches of parliament and adheres to a libertarian philosophy, stood up for the coal industry and its impact on the Australian economy and world poverty.
“It’s time to acknowledge the 50,000 men and women employed in the Australian coal industry. They keep the lights on,” he said.
Leyonhjelm criticised professional anti-mining activists for condemning coal, while happily enjoying the many benefits it brings to modern life and the Australian economy.
“Those opposing coal are happy to deny the benefits of coal to those that need it most, but don't have the strength of their convictions to practice what they preach,” he said.
“Our high standard of living is underpinned by the wealth and energy created by coal, which is by far the greatest contributor to the electricity that powers industry, heats and cools our homes, cooks our food, and charges our smartphones.
“This is not so for the 1.4 billion people on this planet who have no access to cheap energy.”