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Politics of Climate Change


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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

Mark Dreyfus QC, MP is the Federal Member for Isaacs and Chair of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Committee. He is a member of the House Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts Committee. He is a Director of ClimateWorks Australia, a not-for-profit partnership between the Myer... Read more

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 chi... Read more

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.

He was re-elected with increased support in 2010.

Valerie Amos

Baroness Valerie Amos is the British High Commissioner to Australia. Prior to this appointment, she was made a British Labour Life Peer and served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She was appointed Secretary of State for International Development in 2003. ... Read more

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 ... Read more


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