Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences Debate

23 November, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30
UQ CBD Venue, Executive Lounge, 293 Queen Street, Brisbane

The Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences invites you, colleagues and friends to hear two of Queensland leading commentator’s debate on "The future of Queensland's renewable energy: What are the pros and cons?" 

The evening will be a constructive discussion with a diverse range of views with a debate followed by a Q&A moderated by Paul Laxon, Queensland Managing Partner for Ernst & Young. He has over 30 years’ experience in advising public and private sector clients across the infrastructure, asset management, energy/utilities and financial markets industries. Paul joined EY in 2002, serving as Tax Leader for the Brisbane office, as well as EY Oceania Tax Leader for power, utilities and infrastructure. Paul was also a member of EY’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council (Board of Partners) from the EY Asia Pacific area’s inception in July 2010 through to June 2015.

The Speakers:

John Quiggin is an Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland. He is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and many other learned societies and institutions. He has produced over 1500 publications, including six books and over 200 refereed journal articles, in fields including decision theory, environmental economics, production economics, and the theory of economic growth. He has also written on policy topics including climate change, micro-economic reform, privatisation, employment policy and the management of the Murray-Darling river system. His latest book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, was released in 2010 by Princeton University Press, and has been translated into eight languages

John Quiggin’s position: The shift to an entirely renewable energy system is already underway, and should be accelerated. Queensland is amply endowed with renewable energy sources, most obviously for solar energy. Attempts to extend our reliance on coal through subsidies, loans and the rejection of carbon pricing are socially, economically and environmentally costly and should be abandoned. The idea of “clean coal” is an unhelpful distraction. Carbon capture and storage is not economically feasible, and High Energy Low Emissions coal generation is a misnomer for a marginal reduction in emissions relative. 

John Kettle, McCullough Robertson Partner, is one of Australia’s leading energy and competition lawyers. He is currently advising on multiple renewables projects across Australia.

John Kettle’s position: John takes an objective, dispassionate and non-ideological approach to the energy sector. Having worked in electricity, gas and renewables for more than 20 years in Europe and Australia, he knows that this issue is about physics and economics, not ideology. John speaks frequently at conferences both in Australia and internationally, including at the International Bar Association. He is a guest lecturer in competition law on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at The University of Queensland. His clients have included Abo Wind, Wexwind, State and Local Governments and large international hedge funds investing in renewables projects in Australia.

If you wish to attend, RSVP by 17 November 2017.