Summary: Join Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft with Gold Walkley winner Philip Chubb, author of Power Failure, as they discuss Australian leaders' successes and failures in climate policy – and the strategies they must employ for the future.
The politics of climate change has been one of the most difficult and divisive issues of our times. Debates about how – or indeed whether – Australia should act to mitigate climate change have resulted in numerous policies, promises, backflips and casualties.
Why has it proved so difficult to produce a climate change policy that can be implemented and maintained? What really went on behind the scenes in the Rudd and Gillard governments as they tried to legislate a cost on carbon? And what were the obstacles in Australia’s carbon-intensive economy?