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The politics of climate change has been one of the most difficult and divisive issues of our times. Debates about how – or indeed whether – Australia should act to mitigate climate change have resulted in numerous policies, promises, backflips and casualties.
Why has it proved so difficult to produce a climate change policy that can be implemented and maintained? What really went on behind the scenes in the Rudd and Gillard governments as they tried to legislate a cost on carbon? And what were the obstacles in Australia’s carbon-intensive economy?
Philip Chubb is head of Journalism at Monash University. In 2014, Philip published his third book, Power Failure, which is an evaluation of the successes and failures of climate change policy-making in the governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, 2007 – 13.
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.
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