Australia and Climate Politics: A Perfect Storm?
Presented by Associate Professor Matt McDonald
When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 6pm until 7pm AEST
Where: Holding Redlich, Level 1, 300 Queen Street, Brisbane
This is event is free for AIIA members from all states. Non-members pay $10 and student non-members $5
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You can attend this event in-person or view it online. If attending in person, please arrive at Holding Redlich at 5.30pm for registration and drinks. Because of COVID restrictions, AIIA Queensland needs to have accurate information about audience numbers. Please register for this event. You must also bring a mask to this event.
Details for viewing online: After registering, on October 5 you will receive a follow-up confirmation email containing further details on how to join the webinar which will commence at 6pm AEST (7pm AEDT). If you have not received an email by early afternoon, please check your junk folder.
About the Event
The Australian Government is under significant, arguably unprecedented, pressure regarding its position on climate change. Domestically, opinion polls have demonstrated growing concern about the issue over time, not least in the wake of the devastating bushfires of 2019-20. Internationally, Australia’s minimal greenhouse reduction ambition, refusal to commit to a target for achieving net zero emissions and continued commitment to fossil fuel exports have been challenged by key allies, by Pacific neighbours and even by growing trends in the global economy. Australia’s climate policy, it would seem, is increasingly at odds with public opinion, our reputation, our key foreign policy goals and even our economic bottom line. With CoP26 in the UK looming later this year, this presentation examines whether the Morrison Government is currently experiencing a ‘perfect storm’ of pressure on climate policy, challenging the legitimacy of its policy priorities and suggesting the possibility of policy change.
About the Speaker
Matt McDonald is an Associate Professor in International Relations in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. He teaches and researches in Australian foreign policy and international security, and more specifically the politics and security implications of climate change. He has published widely in these areas, and is the author of Security, the Environment and Emancipation (2012), co-author of Ethics and Global Security (Routledge 2014) and Ecological Security (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He is currently undertaking an ARC-funded research project on comparative national responses to the relationship between climate change and national security.
Picture: Protesters at a Melbourne climate rally. Twitter: Lynn Frankes
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