Climate and Environment - Rob Gell AM



This is the third of a series of interactive events to collect your and other Fabians' thoughts on three issues identified by our members as so important that they are "keeping them awake at night". Each event will be introduced by a prominent figure in the field. 

These ideas will be collected together as a series of "Letters to Labor" to help inform the policy agenda. Copies will be forwarded to the opposition leader (Anthony Albanese), the relevant Labor Shadow Minister, and to the appropriate ALP Policy Committee.

In this event we will be discussing Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, including the social consequences of climate change and of the disruption created by adaption. We will be joined by Rob Gell AM:

  • What are the key challenges facing Victoria with relation to climate change?
  • What steps might be taken now to ensure community engagement and the political will to address these issues?
  • What are the main obstacles or constraints within Australia to mounting a major response to the challenges of Climate Change?
  • What might it take to ensure a viable and more sustainable lifestyle within Australian society in the face of the impacts of climate change?
  • What are the implications for government policy in mounting an effective response?
  • Name one policy you believe Labor governments at State and Federal levels should pursue in order to lay the foundations for an effective response to tackling climate change or in ensuring a sustainable environment?

Some of the challenges for creative solutions:

  • Owning an accepted Vision for Australia on Climate Change
  • Building Australia as a renewable energy powerhouse
  • Understanding implications for industry, planning, infrastructure and conservation
  • Considering the role of community engagement to manage energy usage and waste
  • Climate change – minimizing and adapting to unavoidable change
  • Climate nomads – adaptation arising from the relocation of affected populations including geopolitical security flowing from climate extremes
  • Mass deployment of new renewable energy infrastructure, electrification of transportation and retooling of car plants, as well as mass deployment of electrified rail using modern EU/China/Japan standard metro and fast rail.

Each event will finish with a request to the audience for 5 or 6 people to form a team to help write up the results as a submission.


  • July 24, 2019 at 6pm – 9pm
  • Melbourne's Multicultural Hub - Purple Room
    506 Elisabeth St
    Melbourne, VIC 3000
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  • 16 people are going
  • Julia Thornton
Keith Seddon Paul OSullivan Diana Huggins Simon Mann Gordon Hastie Christos Gatsios Robert Gordon Ted Benjamin Christopher Barron David Redfearn John Haasz

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Keith Seddon
Paul OSullivan
Diana Huggins
Simon Mann
Gordon Hastie
Christos Gatsios
Robert Gordon
Ted Benjamin
Christopher Barron
David Redfearn
John Haasz

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