Coal transitions: What's at stake for workers, and what are the broader economic challenges?

If Australia is to move on from coal, how do we do it? An obvious gap in the Federal Election debates was a comprehensive plan for an industry, and employment, to replace coal in the regions.  Geraldine Doogue speaks with Chris Briggs, Research principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, at the University of Technology, Sydney and  Professor Frank Jotzo, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and director of the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub. Listen now

IMAGE: GERMAN COALMINERS MARCHING TO DEMAND A FAIR ENERGY TRANSITION POLICY. THE NEEDS OF THEIR REGION WERE BEING ASSESSED BY THE VISITING 'COAL COMMISSION'. UNLIKE AUSTRALIA, THERE IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE COMMISSION AND ITS PROJECT TO MOVE GERMANY TOWARDS A COAL-FREE FUTURE. (MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK /STRINGER/GETTY)