Major new report funded through SJI, "Trade Unions and the Enforcement of Minimum Employment Standards"
Major New Report on Unconventional Gas
"Is Fracking Good for Your Health?"
Australia is facing a crucial decade for energy choices, as it becomes increasingly clear that our current reliance on coal is unsustainable from the perspective of both climate and human health. Along with renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, Australia's considerable reserves of unconventional gas—tight, shale and coal seam gas (CSG)— is poised to play a substantially greater role in our energy future. This study provides an extensive review of the international literature on the health, environmental, social and climate impacts of unconventional gas, wind and solar energy, as well as considering the distribution of health burdens across the population. This research outlines the broad impact of energy policy on current and future generations, drawing evidence-based conclusions regarding the comparative health and environmental implications for large-scale Australian energy sources.
See part I of the report here.
New publication from SJI project “The Wealth of Nations”
Australian Economic Review. Mar2013, Vol. 46 Issue 1
Ian McDonald, “The Measurement of Well-Being”
Jeremy Moss, “The Foundations of Well-Being”
Juhi Sonrexa and Rob Moodie, “The Race to Be the Perfect Nation”
Mike Salvaris, “Measuring the Kind of Australia We Want: The Australian National Development Index, the Gross Domestic Product and the Global Movement to Redefine Progress”
Annette Lancy; Nicholas Gruen, “Constructing the Herald/Age - Lateral Economics Index of Australia's Wellbeing”
The Human Cost of Power
How coal and unconventional gas are driving climate change and harming our health
When: 6pm-7.30pm Wednesday 18 September 2013
Where: Laby Theatre, Room L108, Physics South Building, Building No. 192, University of Melbourne (near corner of Elgin and Swanston Streets, Parkville campus). Find a map here.
With expert speakers including University of Melbourne researcher Dr Jeremy Moss, climate scientist Professor David Karoly, Friends of the Earth campaigner Cam Walker, and Dr Jacinta Morahan, Surf Coast Air Action.
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"Morality and Climate Change"
Link to podcast now available:
Climate change is one of the most daunting challenges to face humanity. At this event three philosophers will consider some of the most pressing moral issues posed by climate change.
Peter Singer “What did you do to save the planet? Climate change and individual responsibility” will consider the individual responsibilities that people have to act to save the planet.
Jeremy Moss “Exporting Harm” will discuss how fossil fuel exporting countries such as Australia have extra burdens in relation to their carbon budget.
Axel Gosseries will consider the importance of historical responsibility, "Does rejecting responsibility for historical emissions make a significant difference?"
Jeremy Moss is Director of the Social Justice Initiative University of Melbourne
Peter Singer, AC, is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics University Center for Human Values Princeton University and Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Axel Gosseries Permanent Research Fellow, Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) Professor, Louvain University, Belgium.
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 | 6.00pm
Theatre A, Elizabeth Murdoch building
The University of Melbourne
PARKVILLE VIC 3010
Admission is free
Bookings are required
Seating is limited
To register visit : http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/moralityandclimatechange
Contact Alicia Coram in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Is Age Special? Confronting EU and Victoria anti-discrimination Law."
Prof Axel Gosseries
Permanent Research Fellow, Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) Professor, Louvain University, Belgium.
February 20th 6pm.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Level 3, 204 Lygon Street |Carlton 3053 | Victoria, Australia
Social Justice Initiative Seminar Age Discrimination
Philosophy La Trobe University
Permanent Research Fellow, Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS)
Professor, Louvain University, Belgium.
Theatre 3, Alan Gilbert Building
University of Melbourne
Date and Time:
13 February 2013, 1-2:15pm
The Ethics of Renewable Energy
This project analyses the ethical and social issues associated with the transition from non-renewable to renewable energy in Australia. It considers key questions such as:
Investigators: Jeremy Moss, Anne Schwenkenbecher
This project is supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation, Zero Carbon Australia and the Melbourne Energy Institute
Egalitarian Responses to Climate Change, ARC Discovery
'The Carbon Budget Problem'.
The focus of this project is on the distributive issues associated with limiting global CO2 and equivalent emissions so as to achieve a high probability of avoiding a temperature increase of 2C or more. This carbon budget problem has both a scientific and a moral dimension. The moral dimension centres on how we are to allocate entitlements to emit and ensure access to a safe climate in a way that is just. Outlining a framework involves identifying the justifications for dividing emissions, understanding what kind of distributive schemes are consistent with these justifications and, finally, determining whether the framework can provide guidance in a real world setting. The project considers the Equal Per Capita (EPC) emissions approach.
This project is part of 'Egalitarian Responses to Climate Change', ARC Discovery
Health Implications of the Transition to a Zero Carbon Economy
The aim of this project is to systematically review the international literature over the last twelve years regarding the health impacts and distribution of health burdens that attend several major renewable generation technologies (solar, wind, bioenergy) compared to large-scale non-renewables (gas) for workers and the wider population. The health impacts of other sources of energy such as coal and nuclear will be canvassed from existing systematic reviews for comparative purposes. This data will be considered as it relates to the life-cycle of these energy sources in an Australian context, adopting both a tight (epidemiology and toxicology) and broad (social determinants) model of health.
Investigators: Jeremy Moss, Grant Blashki, Alicia Coram
This project is supported by a grant from the Kindness Foundation and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.
Unions and compliance with minimum standards: a diminishing role in enforcement?
More than nine million Australians have their entitlements to pay, leave and working hours underpinned by mandated labour standards (ABS data 6359 (2009); 6306.1(2010) and 6202 (2011). Since 2006, the standards for the large majority of these workers have been set by federal legislation by means of statutory minima and modern awards. The standards have been enforced by a federal government agency headed by a statutory officer, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). FWO has been much better resourced than predecessor organizations, and has more extensive legislated powers. Investigators: Sean Cooney, John Howe and Tess Hardy, Melbourne Law School.
The Real Wealth of Nations: Tracking Health and Wellbeing in Australia
Investigators: Rob Moodie and Ian McDonald.
UNESCO - Social Justice Initiative Workshop - "Carbon taxes - Will they work?". On Monday 6 June 2011 this one day workshop explored some of the many complicated issues associated with carbon taxes and issues of social justice. Dr. Darryl Macer (UNESCO) presented on “Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific Project”, Dr. John Quiggin (Econ, University of Queensland) presented on "How carbon prices work", Nic Maclellan (Journalist and researcher in the Pacific Islands) presented on “Carbon Taxes, Robin Hood Taxes and Adaptation Funding - climate justice in the Pacific Islands”, Anne Kallies (Law, University of Melbourne) presented on “Carbon Tax and Renewable Energy: Just a matter of the setting the right price?”, Kane Thornton (Clean Energy Council) presented on “Carbon pricing objectives: energy sector perspective”, and Ellen Roberts (Friends of the Earth) presented on “Carbon Trading and Social Justice: Case Studies from California and Kalimantan”
On Tuesday 14 June, The Social Justice Initiative hosted a workshop on Justice, Equality and the Social Determinants of Health.Sharon Friel (National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU Chair, Global Action for Health Equity Network), Ian MacDonald (Faculty of Economics, University of Melbourne), Michael Rafferty (Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney and Kim Webster (Participation and Equity for Health Unit, VicHealth) presented.
On 3 June 2011, The Social Justice Iniative hosted a workshop on Valuing Life: Autonomy, Capacity and Life Threatening Treatment Choices. Dr Carol Silberberg (Consultant Psychiatrist, St Vincent's Mental Health Service and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne), Prof. Jeanette Kennett (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University), Prof. Loane Skene (Professor, School of Law, University of Melbourne), Dr Jill Craigie (Research Fellow, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King's College London), Prof Catriona MacKenzie (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University) and Dr Paul Biegler (Research Fellow, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University) presented.
On Tuesday 31 May, Associate Professor Neil Levy presented Neuroethics and Moral Judgments?A study of the ethical issues arising from the sciences of the mind and the implications that neuroscience has for moral and political judgements.University of Melbourne
On Tuesday 3 May 2011, Prof Jeff Borland of the Dept of Economics, University of Melbourne, presented a seminar on ‘Changing life trajectories: The Early Years Education Research Project’.
On Tuesday 8 March, Dr Zoë Morrison (Brotherhood of St Laurence) presented the first Social Justice seminar of 2011, on the topic of 'Recognition, Difference and Social Inclusion'. The seminar powerpoint and flyer are now available here.