The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment was proud to host the Hon Mark Butler MP, on the launch of his book Climate Wars.
This was a free event featuring Mark Butler in conversation with University of Newcastle's Dr Bonnie McBain. Mark Butler is the Member for Port Adelaide and is Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and the National President of the Labor Party.
The book Climate Wars provides a concise narrative of the history of politics in Australia on Climate Change, and gives us an insight to what a Federal Labor government can do to address this greatest challenge of our time.
Approximately 70 Novocastrians took advantage of the bright warm sunny weather (of August - go figure) to come along and hear Mark Butler and Newcastle's own Dr Bonnie McBain.
Local dignitaries that attended included Pat Conroy Labor MP Charlton, Sharon Claydon Labour MP Newcastle, and Declan Clausen Councillor Newcastle City Council.
Great things can be achieved where political parties come together for the common good and plan for the long term. Mark spoke of the need to have bipartisan support for domestic policies to address Climate Change, and noted how this had been successfully achieved in the otherwise volatile political battleground of UK politics through the depoliticisation of Climate Change, and how this had achieved positive change.
Mark noted that Labor would support a Clean Energy Target (although not ideal) but it would need the flexibility to be ratched-up to allow a more ambitious target in the future (which a future Labor government would pursue).
It was great to hear about the Labor government potential for Climate Change abatement in the Land sector, including land remediation and carbon sequestration being on the agenda. It was interesting to note that a Federal Labor would assert its powers to halt the unfettered land clearing in some states.
Noted all royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund.
This event was proudly supported by the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, the University of Newcastle and Melbourne University Publishing.