Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Public Forum - Wednesday 2 May 2012

Transforming Data into Votes: Should current climate change policies in Australia sway your vote at the next election?

A University of Melbourne Public Forum

Sponsored by

Department of Mathematics and Statisticsand MASCOS

Wednesday 2 May 2012,
6.30pm to 8.30pm,
Basement Theatre, Spot Building,
The University of Melbourne.


Climate change presents nations world wide with complex and challenging policy dilemmas.

This Forum aims to help typical Australian households understand what current policies will mean for them personally, and ultimately to help them decide if climate change policy should sway their vote at the next Federal election.

Political spokespersons will seek to explain the consequences of their current policies for households in simple and specific terms, using relevant quantitative data. What will happen to prices and the cost of living? How will households be compensated? Will the policy help ensure that emission targets are met? What will the longer term impact be on job opportunities and the economy? Other panelists will provide independent perspectives on the economic, social and ethical issues.

After short presentations from the panelists, there will be ample time for audience questions and free ranging debate of the issues raised.

Forum participants

The Forum will be moderated by Professor Peter Taylor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne.

Panelists include:

Mark Dreyfus QC MP (Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency)

Greg Hunt MP (Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage)

Senator Christine Milne (Leader of the Australian Greens)

Philip Adams (Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University)

Simon Schrapel (President, Australian Council of Social Service)

David Karoly (School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne)


Registration is essential - Register here

More Information

For more information contact:
Robyn Trethowan
Faculty of Science

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