MFJ celebrates successful school and book launches

Associate Professor Phil Chubb launches his book, Power Failure.
Associate Professor Phil Chubb launches his book, Power Failure.

The new School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) was formally launched on May 14 alongside the launch of Associate Professor Phil Chubb’s new book Power Failure.

More than 100 people including Monash’s Chancellor, Alan Finkel, and Dr Elizabeth Finkel, along with Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, who is Phil’s brother, and staff and students attended the joint celebration.

MFJ is the only  school of its kind in Australia housing the three disciplines Media and Communication, Film and Journalism.

Distinguished Professor Ross Garnaut launched Power Failure with the words: “This is an interesting and important book.

Professor Ross Garnaut.
Professor Ross Garnaut.

“It is a good read, and teaches us important things about our political culture. I was close to many of the events described in the book and I learned new things from it.”

The book attempts to answer the question of what went wrong with climate policy development during the years of the Rudd and Gillard prime ministerships, between 2007 and 2013.
Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb.
Professor Garnaut and Associate Professor Chubb addressed more than a hundred people at the launch.

Associate Professor Chubb told the audience how he had gone about conducting more than 100 interviews with politicians, public servants and ministerial staff during the research for the book.

Those who agreed to be interviewed included both prime ministers.

Read Professor Garnaut’s speech here

Power Failure Book Launch
Associate Professor Mark Gibson and Professor Bruce Scates.
Power Failure Book Launch
Dean of Arts, Professor Rae Frances (centre).
Power Failure Book Launch
Professor Ross Garnaut (left) congratulates Associate Professor Phil Chubb.