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Come to This Entertaining Fundraiser By Environmental Defenders Office (Image Supplied)


Energy in South Australia has been in the news for months now. It's an issue that won't go away - and rightly so. Australia's energy supplies have been poorly managed in the last few years, and South Australia suffered the only statewide blackout in decades as a result.

Politicians will bicker and lie to protect their positions and the vested interests who support them. Pointing the finger of blame at renewable energy as the cause of South Australia's blackout was a classic tactic - but eventually was proved to be wrong.

Most of us acknowledge the truth of climate change, and understand the need to address it. Using renewable energy is a no-brainer except if you have vested interests. The conversation in the renewable energy debate has become somewhat stale, as supporters of coal desperately search new ways to justify their arguments.

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Renewable Energy From Wind Turbines is Clean Energy


For the rest of us, the clean energy debate is now something of a farce. It's very timely that the Environmental Defenders Office have now announced their latest fundraising event - an Energy Hypothetical.

Popularised by barrister Geoffrey Robertson from as early as the 1980's, hypotheticals show notable people such as political leaders discussing contemporary issues. Typically the notables will assume imagined identities in hypothetical situations. A previous Heritage Hypothetical by the Environmental Defenders Office last year was an outstanding success, with panelists including a politician, a policy maker, a planner and a paid legal gun.

This Energy Hypothetical is chaired once more by Brian Hayes QC (I wonder if he handles defamation cases pro bono?). He will be joined on stage by guest panelists Jenny Paradiso of Suntrix (winner of the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award 2017), Mark Parnell MLC, ecologist Kathryn Bellette, and farmer John McFarlane.

Brian will be tossing hot potatoes (or perhaps light bulbs) to the panelists to see who gets burnt first. My money is on the businesswoman or the politician surviving longest, but you will have to come to see whether I'm right.

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Are You in a Spin Over the Energy Debate? Come to the Energy Hypothetical


Hypotheticals are great fun. They're a lighthearted way of discussing important topics, canvassing solutions, or simply dodging the issues and passing the buck. I enjoyed the last hypothetical from the Environmental Defenders Office immensely, and the topical nature of the clean energy debate in South Australia makes this relevant to us all.

The Energy Hypothetical is once again being held at Flinders University City Campus. It will run from 5.30pm - 8pm on Thursday June 8, 2017. Guests will be force-fed delicious drinks and nourishing nibbles before the debate begins. Tickets are $20, or $5 for the unwaged.

You can find more information and book online at the Environmental Defenders Office website. Follow the EDO SA on Facebook to keep up with other environmental issues in South Australia.
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Why? Come to the Hypothetical for a ripping good time
When: 5.30pm
Where: Flinders University City Campus Room 1 level 1, 182 Victoria Square Adelaide
Cost: $20 (or $5 unwaged)
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