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The Deakin Lectures 2010

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at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

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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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 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.

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 has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future EatersThe 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.

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.