State MP for Monaro John Barilaro has entered the federal election campaign by labelling some comments by Labor's Mike Kelly as "ridiculous scaremongering."
In particular, he was criticising Dr Kelly's claim that not dealing with climate change would turn the Snowy Mountains into the Sandy Mountains.
The remarks were made at a recent election forum in Narooma.
"Is Mike Kelly seriously suggesting the Snowy Mountains is at risk of desertification if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister?" Mr Barilaro said.
"This is a ridiculous comment from a man who is part of a government with clearly nothing worthwhile to contribute towards boosting investment and job creation within the Snowy Mountains economy.
"Labor's Carbon Tax/Emissions Trading Scheme is having no real impact on the world's temperature but is having a real impact on local households."
Mr Barilaro said he was proud of what the NSW government was doing to help secure the future of tourism in this region.
"The NSW government is focused on securing greater investment for the Snowy Mountains and has a vision to make the NSW Snowy Mountains one of the world's premier year round destinations," he said.
"Through initiatives like the cloud seeding program we are seeing positive impacts for the local economy and for tourism.
"The introduction of the cloud seeding project followed a seven year trial which demonstrated an average increase of 14 per cent in snowfall in the region; this is a big win for the NSW ski fields and the whole Monaro region.
"We are also working to diversify the region's tourism product by targeted investment and product development through Tourism Snowy Mountains and investment through non snow related activities such as bike trails and bridges.
"While I am working to secure greater investment in Snowy Mountains tourism, it is a shame we have a Federal Member trying to talk its future down.
"It is time for Mike Kelly to get serious about Snowy Mountains tourism and stop using it as a political punch line."