April 2019

02
Apr
2019

Can the authenticity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art be regulated?

Jon Altman

In August 2017 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs instructed the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs to inquire and report on the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander style merchandise for sale across Australia; and to provide options for its restriction. In December 2018 the Committee’s report was completed. In this seminar I critically engage with the Committee’s recommendations and ask ‘Can the authenticity of Indigenous art be effectively regulated?

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04
Apr
2019

Addressing commercial influence and power imbalance in intersectoral governance

Dori Patay

The noncommunicable disease (NCD) crisis in the Pacific is in close correlation with the increased demand and supply of unhealthy commodities in the region. Yet the governments of Pacific Island Countries struggle with regulating these goods, because commercial influence fragments, captures and limits policy makers. In her Mid-Term Review presentation, Dori Patay will present the early findings of her PhD research and will demonstrate the ways the persuading power of health can be strengthened in intersectoral policy making.

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16
Apr
2019

Escaping the Fractal Carbon Trap

Matthew Hoffmann

This talk examines the analytic and practical impact of recasting the governance challenge of decarbonisation in terms of fractal systems. I explore the nature and politics of fractal carbon lock-in and discuss the preliminary results of a six-year project exploring diverse initiatives that seek to disrupt carbon lock-in and usher in decarbonisation.

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29
Apr
2019

Rethinking International Investment Governance: Principles for the 21st Century

Emma Aisbett, Jonathan Bonnitcha and Susan Sell

Foreign Direct Investment and investment governance have become flash points for controversies over environmental protection, public health and policy autonomy. Battles between states and corporations over policies promoting renewable energy, reducing tobacco use, and keeping drugs affordable have been protracted and expensive. Rethinking International Investment Governance offers an exploration of how the system could be reimagined and reformed to better align with sustainable development goals.

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30
Apr
2019

Places of justice in Australian environmental law: Lessons from Victorian and NSW coal-mining towns

Brad Jessup

This talk will discuss the emergence of a concept of environmental justice in Victorian government policy and law reform following the Hazelwood coalmine fire in the Latrobe Valley and in the jurisprudence of the chief justice of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court in relation to proposed coal-mining activities in the Hunter Valley.

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