Liberals' Climate Of Crisis: Experts Available For Comment

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Liberals’ climate of crisis: Experts available for comment


The following RMIT University experts are available to talk on aspects of the

Liberals’ leadership crisis and related issues.


Dr Andrew Scott 0412 210 283


Dr Scott, author of Politics, Parties and Issues in Australia: An Introduction

(Pearson Education Australia, Sydney, 2009), believes the current crisis reflects

the philosophical division between conservatives and social liberals in the Liberal

Party.


It is further evidence that the Liberal Party has historically relied on a strong leader,

and falls apart when there is no one to play that role.


Professor Paul James paul.james@rmit.edu.au (emails normally responded to

within five minutes) or (03) 9481 1570 (home)


Professor James, Director of RMIT’s Global Cities Research Institute, argues that

the Liberal Party is floundering over how to respond to Australia being the highest

per capita carbon emitter in the world just as China is announcing a 40 per cent cut

to emissions. 


If Tony Abbott assumed leadership of the Liberal Party, Kevin Rudd would find

himself in a position that doing little on climate change was very comfortable.


Professor Sinclair Davidson 0430 235 681


Professor Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economics at RMIT, is available to

explain the cost-benefit analysis of the Government’s emissions trading scheme,

what the sticking points are, Treasury modelling and the economics behind the

debate.


Adjunct Professor Noel Turnbull 0417 363 800


Adjunct Professor Turnbull, one of Australia’s leading public relations practitioners,

believes the Liberals’ leadership crisis is out of control and no spin will bring it

back.


A

feature of the Westminster system is the media thriving on gossip from insiders,

which makes it easy to fuel speculation around leadership and fill pages about it,

rather than analyse the real issues of ETS and climate change. Much of the

coverage is “supply” rather than “demand” driven.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, David Glanz,

(03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.

27 November, 2009   






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