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Event: Panel discussion on 'The future of work'

The TJ Ryan Foundation is pleased to host its first event for the year with the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, as keynote speaker and participant in a panel discussion focusing on the future of work.

The panel includes Emeritus Professor Tim Robinson, former Head of QUT’s School of Economics & Finance, and Associate Professor Deanna Grant-Smith, Deputy Director of QUT's Centre for Work Decency and Industry. The panel discussion will be moderated by TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, Dr Liz Van Acker.

The event will take place on Thursday, 15 April 2021, at Level 2, QCU Building, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane. Doors will open at 5.30PM for a 6PM commencement; light refreshments will be available following the discussion.

Those intending to attend the event are asked to RSVP by Monday, 12 April 2021. See the event flyer linked below for RSVP and other details.

Queenslanders will be hardest hit if Australia fails to act on climate change, Labor warns

Katharine Murphy reports in The Guardian (15.4.21) on Chris Bowen's keynote address at the TJ Ryan Foundation's panel discussion event in Brisbane, where he warned that the Coalition government's failure to cut emissions could cost 500,000 jobs in Queensland.

'The opposition climate change minister, Chris Bowen, has warned almost one million Australians will lose their jobs if runaway climate change decimates the environment and the economy - with Queensland bearing the brunt of any failure to act.

'Bowen used a speech in Brisbane on Thursday night to warn Queenslanders they would pay the price for the federal Coalition's failure to act in accordance with climate science, with half a million jobs lost in the state and a forecast economic contraction of 8% by 2050 and 14% by 2070.

'Since taking the portfolio in late January, Labor's new climate spokesman has been concentrating his advocacy in Queensland and other regional areas that swung to the Coalition in the 2019 election, in part because of successful scaremongering by Liberal and National MPs about the costs of climate action.

'Bowen has reconfigured Labor’s messaging on climate policy to emphasise both the economic risks of failing to act and the upsides of new jobs created during the transition to a low emissions economy.

'On Thursday night, Bowen said if Australia adopted the right policy settings to manage the transition there would be "massive job opportunities" from the new energy economy.'


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