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WA 2050: People, Place, Prosperity
What could Western Australia look like at mid-century and how do we get there? This report aims to stimulate progress, joining expertise from 50+ contributors across the state's sectors to expose future issues, their implications, the trade-offs involved, and the actions that can be taken now to drive positive change.
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Going Further, Faster –
A Policy Agenda for WA 2021
Dissecting Australian life after the election
Wednesday 25 May, 5.30 – 7pm AWST
Middar Room, State Theatre of Western Australia
In person, live-streamed and recorded
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The 2022 federal election will be the first national political test since the onset of COVID-19 global pandemic, the easing of international and state borders, a stuttering national economic recovery, and the fading impact of the COP26 Glasgow climate change summit. Furthermore, the Russian invasion of Ukraine presents a fresh uncertainty to the international rules-based order, to regional dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, to the national security priorities of the West, and to gas and oil markets.
The Liberal-National Coalition’s record through the past three years is at stake, notably on the public health crisis, Australia’s 2050 carbon-zero commitment and increasingly fractured rows about integrity issues at senior level in the government.
The challenges facing the next Commonwealth government are substantial, and will be overshadowed by heavy national debt, calls to strength integrity in political life, and escalating tensions with China as President Xi Jinping enters a third term. What are the prospects for the new administration?
Join a distinguished panel convened by the UWA Public Policy Institute to discuss the national and WA implications of the recent federal election, highlighting key new commitments on the economy, climate change, national security, social policy and public trust in government.
Breakfast by the Bay: Diversifying WA's economy through sustainable new markets
Wednesday 8 June, 7 – 9am
The University Club of Western Australia
$55.00 Members | $65.00 Non Members | $600.00 table of 10 (Breakfast included)
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The world’s increasing climate consciousness is prompting a global transition from a carbon-intensive economy to encompass greener alternatives. To meet this global trend, Western Australia faces a persistent question as to how to best open up its economy to seize upon emerging markets and opportunities while still optimising the benefits of the mining sector.
Western Australia’s many thousands of active mine sites will move towards closure in the next two decades, creating a natural pivot towards greater economic diversification. New opportunities are arising in exciting areas such as green hydrogen and wave-energy markets, decarbonised agriculture via solar power, post-mining land use via pumped storage hydropower, and more. These opportunities provide welcome avenues to diversify even if mining remains at its current scale.
In this panel discussion, we’ll hear from industry experts, government representatives and UWA researchers on the new and sustainable economic ways of the future, and what should be done now to accelerate change.
Who run da world: What stands in the way of gender equity?
A collaboration with the State Library of WA for the 2022 Disrupted Festival
Saturday 18 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm
State Library of Western Australia
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Back in 2006, Australia stood 15th in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report, which ranks countries based on gender equality in economic participation, political empowerment and educational attainment. By 2021 we slipped all the way down to 50th. Are we going backwards, or is the rest of the world progressing at a much faster rate?
In this panel discussion and Q&A we’ve assembled key figures known for their advocacy for gender equity and for accelerating and embedding change. We’ll speak to them about corporate life and overcoming barriers to women achieving senior roles, on gender bias in the legal and political domains, and the cultural reasons behind low glass ceilings for women from minority groups. What will it take for us to reach parity in the next thirty years?
Flooding and extreme weather events
With Queensland and New South Wales experiencing catastrophic floods, our researchers reflect on how climate change will increase the likelihood of extreme weather, and the importance of forward-thinking urban planning.
- Hackett Professor Kadambot H. M. Siddique, Director of the Institute of Agriculture, delineates the two types of floods in WA and how to minimise future catastrophe.
- Professor Shamit Saggar highlights three policy issues arising from the Queensland and NSW floods.
- Ecohydrologist Associate Professor Sally Thompson explains how political donations may present a challenge to imposing land development restrictions.
The 26th annual UN Climate Change Conference, or 'Conference of the Parties', brought together almost every country for a global climate summit in Glasgow. Here are some comments on Australia's role in this uniquely urgent world event.
- Professor Shamit Saggar sets the scene: do politicians have the courage to lead the change needed? Do we need a better way to think about how we value nature?
- Expert in rural development Professor Petra Tschakert explains how COP26 ought to deliver the 2030 target and climate finance to ensure assistance from high-income countries to developing countries.
- Environmental engineer and water expert Professor Anas Ghadouani hones in on water policy, its economic opportunities, and its absolute importance to our survival.
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