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The sixth season of If You’re Listening tells the story of Australia’s turbulent history with climate change, and what that means for the future.

As we approach a federal election where climate and energy is a key battleground, this 8 episode series will examine how Australia wasted decades fighting change, instead of capitalising on it.

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The sixth season of If You’re Listening tells the story of Australia’s turbulent history with climate change, and what that means for the future.

As we approach a federal election where climate and energy is a key battleground, this 8 episode series will examine how Australia wasted decades fighting change, instead of capitalising on it.

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E8 - The 49-year-old energy prophecy that is finally coming true

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E8 - The 49-year-old energy prophecy that is finally coming true

    Australia is now in a race to build enough renewable energy to replace our coal fired power stations before they close. 

    We’re in this situation because of a series of ignored warnings and missed opportunities over the last five decades.

    Now, experts are telling us that the transition to a decarbonised economy presents a big opportunity for Australia. The question is - can we grasp it?



    Guests:

    Dr Alan Finkel - Commonwealth government energy advisor and former Australian Chief Scientist

    Alison Reeve - Deputy Program Director of Energy and Climate at the Grattan Institute; former Commonwealth energy policy advisor; author of the National Hydrogen Plan

    Dr Kerry Schott - Independent chair of the Energy Security Board

    Scott Hamilton - Australia-German Energy Transition Hub & former energy policy advisor to federal and Victorian governments

    Dr Ross Garnaut - Economist, Author of Superpower: Australia's Low Carbon Opportunity 

    Dr Marcia Langton - Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne

    Robert Hill - former Federal Environment Minister

    Dr Graeme Pearman - Former Chief of Atmospheric Research, CSIRO

    • 37 min
    AUSTRALIA | S06 E7 - The countdown on coal fired power

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E7 - The countdown on coal fired power

    Over the last five years, politicians in Australia and around the world have regularly tried to blame renewable energy whenever something goes wrong with our electricity supply.

    But lately whenever something catastrophic has happened to our energy supply, it’s been old technology at fault.

    This is the story of a series of disasters that show how the system we’ve always relied on to deliver electricity is faltering.


    Guests:
    Dr Alan Finkel - Commonwealth government energy advisor and former Australian Chief Scientist

    Wendy Farmer - Latrobe Valley resident and founder of “Voices of the Valley”

    Alison Reeve - Deputy Program Director of Energy and Climate at the Grattan Institute; former Commonwealth energy policy advisor; author of the National Hydrogen Plan

    Darren Chester - Federal MP for Gippsland

    Dr Kerry Schott - Independent chair of the Energy Security Board

    Scott Hamilton - Australia-German Energy Transition Hub & former energy policy advisor to federal and Victorian governments

    Ian Macfarlane - Chief Executive of Queensland Resources Council & former federal resources minister

    Graham Richardson - Former Federal Environment Minister

    • 37 min
    AUSTRALIA | S06 E6 - Can we keep digging for energy?

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E6 - Can we keep digging for energy?

    Australia has always found energy underground - digging up coal, gas and uranium. 


    As climate change begins to change the way we get our power, our leaders regularly argue that we can keep on digging for power while also saving the planet. 


    But do nuclear energy, carbon capture and storage, and gas fired power have a role to play in the future?

    • 35 min
    AUSTRALIA | S06 E5 - What we missed while we were knifing PMs

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E5 - What we missed while we were knifing PMs

    For more than a decade, Australian politicians have discovered - the hard way - that climate policy is a dangerous game. 

    But as the Federal Parliament tore itself apart, the rest of the world moved on, finding new ways to understand the effects of climate change, and deal with it. 

    This is the story of how Australia fell behind the rest of the world, and why we might finally be ready to catch up.

    Guests:

    • 36 min
    AUSTRALIA | S06 E4 - The decade when climate change became a culture war

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E4 - The decade when climate change became a culture war

    In 1997, the debate over climate change in Australia was relatively civil. 

    The question was not whether climate change was happening, but what should be done about it?

    In the following decade, Australia’s mining industry polluted the debate with misinformation. 

    This is the story of how Australia's understanding of this vital issue went backwards.

    • 36 min
    AUSTRALIA | S06 E3 - How long will the world want our coal?

    AUSTRALIA | S06 E3 - How long will the world want our coal?

    Australia intends to keep exporting coal for as long as there are countries willing to buy it. 

    Miners have grand dreams of establishing new coal regions in Queensland to supply coal to the power stations and steel mills of India.

    But how much longer will India, and our other big coal customers, keep needing it?

    Guests:

    Neelima Jain, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies

    Mika Ohbayashi, Director of the Renewable Energy Institute, Tokyo

    Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact at Hesta

    Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive of Queensland Resources Council & former federal resources minister

    Dr Judith Brett - Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University, author of the Quarterly Essay The Coal Curse

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

Geoff MV ,

A great time to review past episodes

If you're struggling to work out how the world got to the mess in Ukraine : go and listen to Russia if you're listening. It is quickly apparent that it was inevitable.
Great Journalism. Listen to all series.

yamigee ,

About as unbiased as you can possibly get

Fantastic, entertaining reporting. It gives Trump credit where its due, so you know it’s not just unfettered trump-bashing. Just intelligent, fact-based journalism

Edit: this show just gets better every season. Thank you to the whole team for giving us factual, balanced yet entertaining journalism. This level of communication is hard to find these days

Chasedone ,

Wow

Season three is so applicable for today! So glad this was recommended to me!

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