A panel discussion with PIA’s Kirsty Kelly, Professor Barbara Norman, Brendan Nelson and Senator Scott Ludlam.

BEMP 2015 Canberra

15 July 2014  – From Senator Scott Ludlam #BEMP2014: “the situation is critical, stop being so polite” @SenatorLudlam

The Fifth Estate is in Canberra today for all the fun and gore of the circus of history. Gore as in the Carbon Tax, slated for repeal today.  Gore in honour of Al Gore who in his huddle with the Muddles (Clive Palmer et al) encourage a promise from the Palmer United Party – the PUPS –  to salvage some of the climate “architecture” such as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Renewable Energy Target. And fun, as in the Built Environment Meets Parliament Summit confest under way, under the very roof of the pollies themselves while they engage in the battle of might against right.

PIA president-elect Brendan Nelson

We’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile below are our tweets from the corridors, mixed up with those from the crowd Follow them direct at @FifthEstateAu or follow #BEMP2014

Katy Dean @KatyADean
How do we get the cities we want? Passion for change and effective lobbying – Tim Fischer #BEMP2014

The Fifth Estate @FifthEstateAU
Why is rail undervalued? It hasn’t had an effective lobbying effort compared with roads, says Tim Fischer #BEMP2014

The Fifth Estate @FifthEstateAU
Tim Fischer: we desperately need high speed rail. And hurry up – Tokyo’s bullet train is 50 years old #BEMP2014

Environment Minister Greg Hunt with GBCA board director Tanya Cox

sid 2.0 @sidthoo
Just as hmmm – the Hon Jamie Briggs MP managed to talk about investing in infrastructure without mentioning public transport… #BEMP2014

sid 2.0 @sidthoo
Oops – he mentioned it once; to say that his government won’t be investing in it… #BEMP2014

@FifthEstateAU
John Thwaites: concerned big end of town that would do energy efficiency anyway will get ERF funds. Need to target smaller players #BEMP2014

Assistant infrastructure minister Jamie Briggs

@FifthEstateAU
.@GregHuntMP at #BEMP2014: goal is to broker 30- and 50-year blueprints for cities integrating local, state and federal government.

@FifthEstateAU
Apparently the C-word in the Queensland government is climate, and best avoided for the more politically palatable “resilience” #BEMP2014

@FifthEstateAU
.@SenatorLudlam says he goes to planners, designers and engineers for inspiration regarding climate action #BEMP2014

Government cost of disaster vs money spent on adaptation

@FifthEstateAU
.@ProfBarbaraN: the science on climate change is getting stronger as Australian policy gets weaker #BEMP2014

@FifthEstateAU
.@SenatorLudlam says he goes to planners, designers and engineers for inspiration regarding climate action #BEMP2014

Paul Low, KPMG, and Christopher Mountford, Property Council of Australia, discussing City Deals.

@FifthEstateAU
Congratulations to the wonderful @newactonnishi for winning National Urban Design Award 2014 “delivered outcome scale” Well deserved!

From the crowd

Megan Motto @meganmotto
Minister Greg Hunt espouses the value of long term planning for Aust. #BEMP2014 ow.ly/i/6enok @consultaust

Charlie Thomas @charliepthomas
@GregHuntMP talking about the importance of integrated metro planning. Flagging potential Fed involvement. #bemp2014 pic.twitter.com/fYwJklxU1T

BEMP 2014 @BEMP2014
@SenatorLudlam “the situation is drastic, please stop being so polite” #BEMP2014

Brooke Yates @PlanningNerd
.@SenatorLudlam urges us all to be less polite in the debate on climate change. #BEMP2014

The Fifth Estate @FifthEstateAU
Apparently the C-word in the Queensland government is climate, and best avoided for the more politically palatable “resilience” #BEMP2014

Charlie Thomas @charliepthomas
@SenatorLudlam relaying his concerns about the resilience and adaptation agenda to #bemp2014 pic.twitter.com/4gA1odbr3D

The Fifth Estate @FifthEstateAU
.@SenatorLudlam says he goes to planners, designers and engineers for inspiration regarding climate action #BEMP2014

The Fifth Estate @FifthEstateAU
.@ProfBarbaraN: the science on climate change is getting stronger as Australian policy gets weaker #BEMP2014

BEMP 2014 @BEMP2014
@ProfBarbaraN “there are limits to adaptation so mitigation must remain the focus” #BEMP2014

Katy Dean @KatyADean
@SenatorLudlam speaking at #BEMP2014 – encouraging industry to keep collaborating and keep leading on climate change adaptation