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Title: Misconceiving Regional/Local Tensions: Two Case Studies from Tasmania
Contributor(s): Dollery, Brian E (author); Kortt, Michael A (author); Wijeweera, Albert (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: While tensions between the imperatives of regional, state and national development and local autonomy are common, there is no necessary trade-off between the two since regional development can co-exist with a vibrant system of local government. However, this is often not readily appreciated in Australian policy debates, which frequently juxtapose regional and local governance structures. This paper examines two cases studies of this approach in Tasmania, which have generated bitter controversy, in the form of the Southern Tasmania Council Association (STCA) sponsored Independent Panel into local government in the Southern Tasmania regional area which produced a Final Report (the 'Munro Report') Independent Review of Structures for Local Governance & Service Delivery in Southern Tasmania and the Tasmanian Division of the Property Council of Australia sponsored Deloitte Access Economics (2011) Report entitled Local Government Structural Reform in Tasmania. It is argued that both documents err poorly in both conceptual and empirical terms and this renders their recommendations for radical local government amalgamation fatally flawed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Public Policy, 7(1), p. 63-78
Publisher: Curtin University of Technology
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
ISSN: 1833-2110
Field of Research (FOR): 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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