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Title: Local Government and Regional Governance in Australia: History, Theory and Policy
Contributor(s): Grant, Bligh (author); Dollery, Brian E (author); Kortt, Michael A (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: The idea of recasting the Australian political landscape to incorporate an increased recognition of regions is both longstanding and intriguing. For example, in his introduction to 'New Australian States', U. R. Ellis (1933: 9) observed that while "no complete history of the fight for local self-government in Australia has ever been written ... the Riverina and New England movements date back more than seventy years ... and the desire for domestic independence in Central and North Queensland has existed for almost as long". Couched in these terms, arguments for increasing the number of states, based upon regional self-identification, were embedded in federalism as political theory. This theory recognised both the validity of the concept of local autonomy, or what Ellis (1933: 9) then referred to as "home rule" (see, for example, Grant and Dollery, 2012), as well as the dangers of an "unbalanced federalism", whereby regional and rural areas within states became subservient to the electorally-dominant industrialised cities.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Public Policy, 7(1), p. 1-6
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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