Australia's prosperity depends on the export of coal and liquefied natural gas. In a world of growing concern about climate change caused by burning these fuels, how will Australia's political system respond? What are the risks and opportunities for democracy in a world that faces unprecedented environmental pressures?
Dr Kevin Taft, former Leader of the Opposition in Alberta, Canada, Dr John Hewson AM and Dr David McKnight explored these issues in a forum held in Sydney on Wednesday 19 March 2014. Watch the video footage and find out more about this event
Released Dec 2013: Climate Change in a New Democratic Age: Why we need more, not less, democratic participation was authored by Dr Randal G Stewart and is the latest in our Perspectives series. This paper examines the role of three key groups in the climate change debate - scientists, economists, and the bureaucracy - as the lens through which to consider the capacity of democratic decision-making processes to establish effective climate change policy.
The survey was commissioned by the Whitlam Institute and conducted by Newspoll.
For more information on this report and all of our studies on the impact of ‘high stakes’ testing, please visit our program page.
On the evening of 13 November Noel Pearson took the stage at Riverside Theatres Parramatta to deliver the 2013 Gough Whitlam Oration. Those present witnessed a truly extraordinary address. The 2013 Whitlam Institute Gough Whitlam Oration will be broadcast on Television Sydney (TVS) at 7pm on Tuesday 26 November on free to air digital 44. It will repeat at 2pm on 27 November, and 5pm on 28 November.
Read the address in full here