AUSTRALIA DECLARES

SHAPING AUSTRALIA’S
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
PLENARY

Day 1

6:00PM – 7:30PM
MAIN STAGE l LEVEL 1

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

CLIMATE CODE RED: AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE

The world is staring down the barrel of the biggest, most all-encompassing, multifaceted challenge in human history. We now need to pull off a monumental operation, and time is of the essence. What’s our best chance of success and how will Australia respond across the political, economic and social spectrum? An expert panel takes the hot seat for a not-so-hypothetical plunge into thinking the impossible and making it happen.

Kerryn Phelps – Former Head of the Australian Medical Association
Greg Mullins – Former NSW Commissioner of Fire & Rescue
Lidia Thorpe – Activist and Former Politician
Oliver Yates – Former CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Ian Dunlop – Former Chair of the Australian Coal Association
Carmen Lawrence Former WA Premier & Social Academic
Paul Gilding – Climate Risk Analyst & Business Consultant
Cheryl Durrant Former Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation Australian Defence Force

Hosted by Ali Moore – Journalist & Broadcaster.




SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Ali

Moore

MEDIA & POLITICS

Ali Moore


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Kerryn

Phelps

“Climate change is a human health issue that is going to have a dramatic effect on our health care system.“
HEALTH & ADVOCACY

Kerryn Phelps


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Oliver

Yates

“Citizens must act now and hold governments and complicit ministers accountable for their failure to enact policies that could avoid unnecessary risk.“
POLICY & INNOVATION

Oliver Yates


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Lidia

Thorpe

“Denying we have a problem means you are a part of the problem. This is a Climate Emergency.“
ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

Lidia Thorpe


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Ian

Dunlop

“There is the assumption that this is something that can be handled with incremental change from our business as usual. Addressing existential risk is a fundamentally different level of response from anything that is being contemplated at the present time.“
STRATEGY & BUSINESS

Ian Dunlop


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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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Paul

Gilding

“Any rational response to the scientific evidence would suggest that we should mobilise today with the utmost urgency to transform the economy inside a decade. This is no longer a long term issue.“
SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Paul Gilding


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Carmen

Lawrence

“We must focus on those things people really care about – themselves, their health, their family, their community – and what will happen if they don’t act.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & RESEARCH

Carmen Lawrence


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Cheryl

Durrant

“Military strategists must make a paradigm shift and consider climate change a core national security issue and existential security risk requiring immediate concerted attention. ”
SECURITY & RESEARCH

Cheryl Durrant