Australian Speaking Tour

May 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

Perth event info UPDATED below on May 23rd

It’s official. I’ll be speaking in four Australian cities in a few weeks.

The Institute of Public Affairs has organized a series of events aimed at educating Australians about the shortcomings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

When I set foot in that country a national carbon tax will have gone into effect a few days earlier. What many people fail to appreciate is that the body most responsible for convincing governments that such measures are necessary has an enormous credibility problem.

For years, the mainstream media has given the IPCC a free ride. Rather than scrutinizing this organization, rather than double-checking its claims, journalists have parroted the IPCC’s marketing message. We, the public, have been assured that the IPCC is the equivalent of a mature professional in business attire – reliable, cautious, and painstaking.

But my book – The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert – reveals something else: a slapdash, over-indulged adolescent who has trouble telling right from wrong.

Here’s the schedule. As soon as additional details become available, I’ll let you know.

Melbourne
Friday, July 6th, 5-7:30 pm
venue: CQ Functions, 113 Queen Street

Sydney
Tuesday, July 10th, 5-7:30 pm
venue: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street

Brisbane
Thursday, July 12th, 5-7:30 pm
venue: Royal on the Park, corner of Alice & Albert Streets

Perth
Sunday, July 15th, 5-7:30 pm
venue: Hyatt Regency, 99 Adelaide Terrace

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I apologize for the longer-than-expected absence. This blog was silent last week, but I wasn’t idle. Among the tasks that consumed my attention was a 1,500-word article that will appear in the Institute of Public Affairs magazine – and a reworking of some of the material at the end of my book for the Australian edition, which will be available soon from Connor Court Publishing.

In recent weeks I’ve also been busy moving. After 30 years in Canada’s largest city, my husband and I have relocated to a small town a 2-hour-drive away. Now surrounded by farm country, we’re looking forward to a quieter pace – and to boatloads of stunning produce.

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