By Allan Dale
Increasingly, Australia’s agriculturalists want to the nation’s north to flee the decline in southern Australia’s water and soil assets. Booming mineral and fuel improvement is usually assisting to force the nation’s financial luck. even as, the south’s conservation area wish to see a lot of the north preserved as iconic wasteland. either conservation and source improvement pursuits alike are frequently at odds with the pursuits of the north’s conventional vendors, lots of whom stay trapped in welfare dependency and poverty. certainly, to the ire of north Australians, the prior 5 a long time of north Australian historical past have certainly been characterised by means of those national-scale conflicts being performed out in neighborhood and native communities.
This e-book explores those conflicts in addition to the numerous rising possibilities dealing with the advance of the north, suggesting powerful cultural divide among northern and southern Australia exists; person who has to be reconciled if the state as an entire is to learn from northern improvement. the writer first explores the place those historic conflicts may possibly take us with no transparent ahead time table. A story-based own narrative from his lengthy and numerous event within the north offers existence to those subject matters. eventually, the ebook then attracts on those tales to assist form a cohesive schedule for the north’s future.
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Without it, this new resource exploitation phase could repeat the same boom and bust cycle of the gold rush days of the late 1800s. In those days, they came, they plundered, and they left the locals to pick up the pieces. With an energy constrained future ahead of us, north Australia can’t afford to see this happen again. Mining booms and busts are part of the history of northern Australia and will continue to be so. We can limit the consequences by: • Forward planning for and implementing actions aimed at securing the social, economic and environmental future of northern Australian communities.
A no decision by the Federal government, for example, would itself have big social and economic consequences for the Jawoyn. This balanced approach didn’t stop the advocates of the resource exploitationist culture from just presuming the Commission was stacked against them and that our team would only find negative social impacts, leading public attacks on the credibility of the team. The final recommendations of the Resource Assessment Commission fell in favour of the cultural interests of the Jawoyn.
A media-savvy Murrandoo staged some very high profile acts of defiance to the ‘golden path’ assumptions of the company. Within the State Government, powerful Director General-level committees spent months exploring ways to remove the percieved blockages that Murandoo would place on the development approval path. Effectively the vast resources of the State were pitted against one smart, self-assured and somewhat fiery local who simply represented this sense of Aboriginal surprise at not being treated with respect.
Beyond the North-South Culture Wars: Reconciling Northern Australia's Recent Past With Its Future by Allan Dale