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The Deakin Lectures 2010

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Politics of Climate Change

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?

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Who?

Portrait of Mark Dreyfus

Mark Dreyfus

Mark Dreyfus QC, MP is the Federal Member for Isaacs and Chair of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Committee.

Portrait of Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and 29th Prime Minister of Australia in September 2015 and was re-elected as Prime Minister at the Federal Election in July 2016, leaving Parliament in 2018.

Malcolm and his wife Lucy live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and have two children and four grandchildren.

 

Portrait of Nick McKim

Nick McKim

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.

Portrait of Valerie Amos

Valerie Amos

Baroness Valerie Amos is the British High Commissioner to Australia.

Portrait of Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is a scientist, an explorer, a conservationist and a leading writer on climate change. He has held various academic positions including visiting Professor in Evolutionary and Organismic Biology at Harvard University, Director of the South Australian Museum, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum, Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, and Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. Flannery was the 2007 Australian of the Year. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

The Deakin Lectures 2010

Thirty of the best minds on the climate change issue, in the one place, at the one time. The Deakins 2010.