Australian Energy Federalism: Lessons for Canada?

About the event

On March 26, at 12:00 PM, the ISSP is delighted to host Andrew Pickford, Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia.

For the last decade, Australian political parties, states and business has been debating the future of climate and energy policy. Like Canada, a consensus has not yet emerged. Fault lines fall along similar patterns: urban versus rural; high-income, climate conscious voters versus coal and gas workers and communities; resource rich states versus service sector states. With a resolution of the so-called “climate wars” appearing illusive, what are the prospects of bi-partisanship compromise and political outcome which will endure after a change of government?

This discussion will examine the Australian experience of contested climate and energy policy with a focus on mechanisms which have worked and flashpoints which may force a solution. It will also outline upcoming research under the working title: Unbuilt and Built Environments: A Comparative Analysis of LNG Success and Failure in Western Australia and British Columbia.

Welcome Remarks

Monica Gattinger

Monica Gatinger, Director, ISSP and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, uOttawa

Opening Remarks

Brendan Frank

Brendan Frank, Acting Research Director, ISSP, uOttawa

Keynote Speaker


Andrew Pickford, PhD student, University of Western Australia

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