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The bushfires that raged across the country this summer have caused environmental and economic damage that will be felt for years to come. In Canberra, they have ignited a frenzy of finger-pointing in every direction.
Whose hazard-reduction burning or coal-export policies have caused this disaster? The Greens blame the coalition. The coalition blames the Greens. The ALP seems busy, as always, with in-fighting. Who has the right strategy for mitigating bushfire emergencies in the future?
In this Fifth Estate discussion, Sally Warhaft will talk with environmentalist and former Greens leader Bob Brown about the ecological, political and economic implications of this urgent and ongoing national issue.
Having served for 16 years in the Australian Senate, does Brown believe a lasting shift in public mood and policy is now possible? What are the short-term and long-term priorities in the federal bushfire response?
Join this icon of Australian environmentalism at the Wheeler Centre in March.
Donations to the Bob Brown Foundation can be made through their website: bobbrown.org.au/donate.
North Melbourne Books will be our bookseller at this event.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Bob Brown resigned as leader of the Greens in 2012 and from the Australian Senate in June 2012. Brown led the Australian Greens from the party's foundation in 1992 until April 2012.
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