Due to the changing COVID-19 situation we have decided to postpone this event.
In one of the hottest Australian summers on record, bushfires on an unprecedented scale ravaged the east and south coasts of Australia in 2019–20. Images of the fires, and the human, biological, and environmental damage they caused, appeared as front-page news around the world. The international prominence of the fires has put Australia’s climate change policies in the global spotlight in the lead-up to the UN climate change conference to be held in Glasgow in November 2020.
Join the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove together with Laura Tingle, Innes Willox, and Patrick Suckling for a discussion of the impact of the fires on Australia’s international reputation, climate stance, and domestic policy.
Laura Tingle is the political correspondent for the nightly ABC current affairs program 7:30, and was formerly political editor of The Australian Financial Review. Ms Tingle moved into political reporting from economics, following a long period covering financial markets and deregulation. Her book Chasing the future: Recession, recovery, and the new politics in Australia documented the changes in Australia's political and economic debate following the 1990s recession. She has won two Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, the 2004 Paul Lyneham Award for excellence in press gallery journalism, and was shortlisted for the 2010 John Button prize for political writing.
Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT, and labour hire. Mr Willox is also a director of Australian Super, board member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, and chair of the Migration Council of Australia. He has served as the Australian Consul General in Los Angeles and was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. Mr Willox is a former journalist who held senior roles at The Age, including as chief political correspondent in Canberra.
Patrick Suckling is a former diplomat and senior partner at Pollination, a specialist climate advisory and investment firm. He has been the Australian Ambassador for the Environment between 2016 and 2019, leading the Paris Agreement negotiations. Mr Suckling was High Commissioner of Australia to India from 2012 to 2016, and was head of international relations in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising two Prime Ministers on foreign policy, international economics, climate, and aid policy. His former roles include adviser to the Foreign Minister and head of consular, public diplomacy and parliamentary affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
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