Challenges to Australian Climate Policy, with Senator Christine Milne

Monday 27 April 2015,
6pm - 7.30pm

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The Great Hall, The Quadrangle,
The University of Sydney



Australian Greens

Greens Leader Christine Milne will deliver a landmark speech, and SEI researchers respond, as we explore next steps for Australian climate policy as we approach COP 21 in Paris this year.

Chair: David Schlosberg, Professor of Environmental Politics and Co-director of the Sydney Environment Institute

They’re polluting the planet for free, and you’re paying the price
Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens Leader

Greens Leader Christine Milne will deliver a landmark speech on the next steps for global warming policy around the world and Australia’s new role as we approach the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris this year.

Senator Milne has been at the centre of the political debate on global warming policy in Australia for the past decade. Critical to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and the negotiation of the Clean Energy Future package in 2011, Senator Milne also achieved a commitment of billions of dollars for the establishment of the Biodiversity Fund and Clean Energy Finance Corporation and establishment of the Climate Change Authority.

But with parts of that legacy now in ruins at the hands of the Abbott government, what will rise from the ashes of Australia’s once world-leading emissions trading scheme?

Senator Milne explains how we can make the big fossil fuel companies pay for their pollution, just like the rest of us have to and what it will take to achieve real ambition to halt dangerous global warming and secure a safe climate future for the planet.


What does a responsible and integrated climate policy look like?
Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate & Environmental Law and
Director, Australian Centre for Climate & Environmental Law

What role should business play in effective climate change response?
Professor Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies and
Convenor of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network



Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens Leader and Senator for Tasmania, is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected environmental and community activists, with a career spanning 30 years. After leading a highly successful alliance of farmers, fishers, scientists, environmentalists and concerned community members from Wesley Vale to prevent the construction of a polluting pulp mill, Christine was elected to the Tasmanian parliament in 1989, and became the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania in 1993. She was elected to the Senate in 2004, elected Deputy Leader of the Greens in 2008 and Leader in April 2012. Christine’s vision, her deep policy knowledge about climate change and her unparalleled experience with power-sharing minority governments led to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and its successful negotiations to design the Clean Energy Future package. Christine’s international reputation was recognised when she was appointed a United Nations Global 500 Laureate and elected Global Vice-President of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) from 2005 to 2008. She has held a series of international and senior environmental advisory positions and is recognised as a leader in environment movement globally. In her ten years in the Australian Senate, Christine has further developed her national and international reputation for expertise and passion in policy to address global warming. As lead negotiator for the Greens on climate policy, Christine achieved through the multi-party climate panel an emissions trading scheme, the biodiversity fund and $10 billion for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Professor David Schlosberg  is Professor of Environmental Politics in theDepartment of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory – in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. Most recently, he has co-authored Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford 2013) with John Dryzek of ANU and Richard Norgaard of UC Berkeley; the same team edited The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011). Professor Schlosberg has held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, and Princeton University. His current research includes work on climate justice – in particular justice in adaptation strategies and policies, and the question of human obligations of justice to the nonhuman realm. He is also examining the sustainable practices of new environmental movement groups – in particular their attention to flows of power and goods in relation to food, energy, housing, transportation, and crafting and making.

Professor Rosemary Lyster is is the Professor of Climate and Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law. She is also the Director of the Faculty’s Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law. In 2013 Rosemary was appointed a Herbert Smith Freeholls Visiting Professor at Cambridge Law School and was a Visiting Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and 2014. In the area of Environmental Law, Rosemary specializes in Energy and Climate Law, Climate Disaster Law and Water Law. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press in the area of Energy and Climate Law. In October 2015, her new monograph Climate Justice and Disaster Law will also be published by Cambridge University Press. Rosemary is the principal author of Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin, Greame Wiffen, Linda Pearson – Environmental Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd Edition (Federation Press: 2012). She has an extensive list of other publications in the area of Climate and Environmental Law.

Professor Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies and leader of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the diffusion of management knowledge, managerial and occupational identity, consultancy, and organisational and workplace change. His current research explores individual, organizational and societal responses to anthropogenic climate change. He is particularly interested in how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to climate change and has published on this topic in relation to issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, narrative identity and future imaginings.

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