AUSTRALIA DECLARES

SHAPING AUSTRALIA’S
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
PLENARY

Day 2

9:20AM – 10:30AM
MAIN STAGE l LEVEL 1

Everybody’s Problem

Frontline Climate Stories From Across Australia

Australia’s first responders and affected communities are confronting  the devastating climate impacts playing out around the country. Hear first-hand accounts from people on the ground as an unprecedented crisis hits home.

Greg Mullins – Former NSW Fire & Rescue Commissioner
Anika Molesworth  – Broken Hill Farmer & Scientist
Major Michael Thomas
– Defence & Climate Security Analyst
Mayor Vonda Malone – Mayor of Torres Strait Islands
Paddy Manning – Journalist & Writer

Moderated by Jane Caro – Writer & Social Commentator



SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Greg

Mullins

“I’d like to see Labor, the coalition government, Greens and the crossbenchers all come together and declare a climate emergency. Let’s see some bipartisanship like we did in war times.“
RISK & POLICY

Greg Mullins


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Vonda

Malone

“I call on Australian governments and the public to elevate their concerns and responses to climate change which is having an urgent, immediate impact in the Torres Strait: Our communities are being submerged by rising sea levels.”
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Vonda Malone


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Michael

Thomas

“I think it’s the defining threat of this century. I can’t think of any other threat that is transforming the planet on this level or scale. It’s such a ubiquitous threat.”
SECURITY & RESEARCH

Michael Thomas


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Anika

Molesworth

“Farmers are feeling the impacts of climate change today. That’s a concern for everyone who eats food. But what excites me is agriculture’s key role in the solutions.“
LAND USE & RESEARCH

Anika Molesworth


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Paddy

Manning

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Paddy Manning