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A better way to tell the story of climate change

19th March 2012

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Dr Christian Downie is a Fellow and the Higher Degree Research Convenor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University.

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In an opinion editorial published in The Conversation, Christian Downie argues that the Federal Labor Government is in an unenviable position when it comes to the politics of climate change. The Government is attacked from both ends of the political spectrum: from the left for shirking responsibility to take action commensurate with the scale of the problem of climate change, and from the right for extreme policies that threaten economic growth and living standards in pursuit of an invisible problem.

Dr Downie notes that this is not a problem unique to the ALP; social-democratic parties around the world have struggled to establish an overarching narrative that will muster the broad political support necessary to address the problem of climate change.

He articulates some elements of his vision for such a narrative in Australia in this article as well as in a lengthier think-piece for the Chifley Research Centre.

Read The Conversation opinion piece here.

View the Chifley Research Centre think-piece here.

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