PODCAST: Setting the World on Fire: the new nuclear push

Arena Public Discussions @ IPCS

Wednesday 6 September, 7.30–9.00 pm

With the absolute failure to address climate change, the fracturing of the global order, and the demand for nuclear subs, the push for nuclear is back on the global agenda, across Left and Right. The push is restarting nuclear proliferation, the economic case for it is fictional, and the political forces behind it are reactionary and sinister. But there is also a growing movement across the world among sections of the Left, high-profile environmentalists and some Greens parties, to use ‘small’ nuclear as a ‘smart’ solution. What are the politics of this, and how should we respond? Our panel will give expert update on the folly of the nuclear push, the unspoken catastrophic effects of nuclear, and lead out discussion as to whether we have got to the heart of the existential challenge that nuclear represents, and what sort of new thinking might be needed to confront it.

Times of the sections:

Introduction and chairing by Alison Caddick
Darrin Durant, 5:10
Dave Sweeney, 17:58
Karina Lester, 35:02
John Hinkson, 43.58
Q&A, 58:45

About the authors

Alison Caddick

Alison Caddick is Editor of Arena (third series), was co-editor of Arena Magazine and is an Arena Publications Editor. With a background in the history and philosophy of science, politics and social studies, she writes on techno-science, the body and prospects for social and cultural change.

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Darrin Durant

Dr Darrin Durant is Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely on the relation between experts and citizens in democratic decision-making, disinformation and democracy, climate and energy politics, and nuclear waste disposal. His most recent book is Experts and the Will of the People: Society, Populism and Science (Palgrave, 2020), and of relevance to the nuclear cycle is Nuclear Waste Management in Canada: Critical Issues, Critical Perspectives (UBC Press, 2009). He Tweets @DarrinADurant

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Dave Sweeney

Dave Sweeney has been active in mining, resource and nuclear issues for four decades through his work with the media, trade unions and environment groups. He leads the Australian Conservation Foundation’s nuclear-free campaign and is a co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

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Karina Lester

Karina Lester is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman who grew up on the Anangu Pitjantjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in Far North West South Australia. Karina shares not only her late father (Yami Lester)’s story, but also her grandmother’s story of the Emu Field nuclear tests in October, 1953. She speaks strongly about the impacts of nuclear testing on her people.

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John Hinkson

John Hinkson lectured in the Education Faculty at La Trobe University for many years. He is a longstanding Arena Publications Editor.

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