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A Word for Word National Non-fiction Festival preview event
Judith Brett - The Coal Curse
In this, our first preview event ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival, we explore the consequences of Australia’s coal addiction with Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, author of the Quarterly Essay The Coal Curse.
This year’s festival theme is Life, Changing and Judith will appear in conversation with journalist Eve Fisher. Join us as we trace the unusual history of Australia’s economy while asking why we are doubling down on fossil fuels at a time when politicians are engaging in evidence-based, bipartisan policy-making in response to COVID-19.

Aug 26, 2020 07:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Judith Brett
Author - Quarterly Essay: The Coal Curse
Judith Brett is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. A former editor of Meanjin and columnist for The Age, she won the National Biography Award in 2018 for The Enigmatic Mr Deakin. She is the author of four Quarterly Essays: Relaxed and Comfortable, Exit Right, Fair Share and The Coal Curse. Her other books include From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage, Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class.
Eve Fisher
Eve Fisher is a writer, editor and producer, having worked in the media for more than 20 years, including eight years at Fairfax for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. She is also an English and Journalism teacher with experience at both high school and university level. A former Surf Coast Shire Greens Councillor, she is also a current member of the Deakin University Masters of Politics and Policy Advisory Board.