The Deakin Lectures 2010
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Effective climate policy must affect decisions on matters as apparently disparate as energy, economics, transport, infrastructure, investment and the environment. And this must be at a local, state, national and international level.
It needs to achieve continuity beyond short term electoral cycles. It is likely to involve some cost for current electorates to reduce the costs on future generations when the ties some of us feel to future generations may be weak.
How can a new politics of climate change help create the democratic case and will for change? How can new political leadership forge the political space for effective policy in Australia and elsewhere? Is this perhaps the hardest challenge of all?
Mark Dreyfus QC, MP is the Federal Member for Isaacs and Chair of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Committee.
Malcolm Turnbull is the Prime Minister-designate of Australia.
The federal member for Wentworth is a former Minister for Communications and Minister for Environment and Water Resources. He has worked in the law, journalism and the corporate sector, as well as being the driving force behind the Australian Republican Movement.
Panel Member: Nick McKim became the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens in 2008, and his portfolio responsibilities include Treasury and Employment, Climate Change, Attorney-General and Justice, Education, and Economic Development.
Baroness Valerie Amos is the British High Commissioner to Australia.
Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, Atmosphere of Hope and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007, Australian of the Year.
In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His current book is Sunlight and Seaweed.
Thirty of the best minds on the climate change issue, in the one place, at the one time. The Deakins 2010.