Dr. Chris Dalton
Born and educated in the UK, I was recruited to Australia to work for the Australian Government. During my career in public policy development I have worked at senior levels in both the public and private sectors, receiving an industry award for my work in promoting the uptake of broadband services in Australia.
On retirement I engaged in research that led to me receiving a doctorate for my thesis “Mining Coal Seam Gas: an Exhibition in the Divine Art Gallery” in which I explored how the church might contribute to the polarised public policy debate surrounding the Coal Seam Gas industry.
In my career I have had direct involvement in major public policy developments – first Medibank and then micro-economic reform in the telecommunications sector. I now find myself applying this experience to the debate surrounding climate change and the environment, another very topical policy issue. My aim, as an independent commentator, is to combine an abiding love of this Island Continent with what I have learned from academic study and an extensive career in public policy, and apply the result in an informed and value-added way to environmental policy.
Since coming to Australia I have lived in Canberra, Sydney, Eden and Brisbane, through which I have formed an abiding love of this magnificent Island Continent. For recreation I love casual bike riding, bush walking and spending time with my family. When I lived in Sydney I was a volunteer Guide in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. I am also a Lay Preacher in the Uniting Church in Australia and a member of the Queensland Churches Environmental Network.
While studying for my PhD, I changed significantly as a result of undertaking a Spirit Journey through Australia’s Red Heart, discovering Australian landscape art and poetry, delighting in theological research and allowing life experiences to influence my attitudes towards the environment.
I am blessed with three lovely adult children and their families. In addition to this I am learning to recognise an extended family, described by Tim Winton in his book 'Island home: a landscape memoir':
“This country leans in on you. It weighs down hard. To my way of thinking it is family … in my own lifetime the environment has started to make the kind of claims upon us that perhaps only a family can.”