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dc.contributor.authorMartin, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorShepheard, Marken
local.source.editorEditor(s): Jacqueline Williams and Paul Martinen
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-05T10:28:00Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationDefending the Social Licence of Farming: Issues, Challenges and New Directions for Agriculture, p. 3-11en
dc.identifier.isbn9780643101593en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10351en
dc.description.abstractAt agricultural shows and farm field days across Australia, petitions are being signed to defend farmers' property rights in the face of regulatory restrictions. The right to farm concerns raised by farmers include: controls on land clearing; mining exploration access; biodiversity protection; animal welfare controls and the failure of government to deliver water to satisfy legally secure extraction rights. Farmers point to many instances where legislative and administrative restrictions have greatly harmed individuals by limiting the ways in which they operate their farming enterprises, who have unwillingly borne the costs of satisfying the public desire to manage farm resources to achieve social and environmental purposes. Advocates of tight controls over farming point to counter examples where some farmers have harmed the environment, or acted in ways that violate widely received social expectations of responsible behaviour. These debates involve clashes of values, and wide divergences in perceptions of the facts. The boundaries of farmers' freedoms are discussed on radio and TV, in Parliament and at rowdy meetings in front of Parliament. Media reports and political pundits selectively (and sometimes hysterically) feed the debates with conflicting opinions, as those involved struggle to win the political high ground that they believe will lead to their preferred position being reflected in laws, policies and administrative decisions. At issue is the degree to which owners of legal rights to land and water can fully use these resources to satisfy their economic needs, or (alternatively) the degree to which the government acting on behalf of society as a whole, can legitimately limit this private use. Debates about where the boundary lies between private freedom and public control are of far more than academic interest. They affect the economic viability of farms and the strategies that can be used by government to pursue public interests. The benign sounding term social licence masks a heated reality of an evolving contest over land, freedom and the environment. In this chapter we will discuss the concept of a social licence, and its implications for farming, and the tension between a rights-based view of property and a responsibilities perspective on freedom to use that property. We will use some examples to demonstrate that the issue of social licence is a vital practical concern for the farm sector, and how a failure to meet community expectations can result in significant economic losses to farmers. We will also expand a little upon the link between this concept, morality and responsibility, as a basis for the chapters that follow.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishingen
dc.relation.ispartofDefending the Social Licence of Farming: Issues, Challenges and New Directions for Agricultureen
dc.relation.isversionof1en
dc.titleWhat is meant by the social licence?en
dc.typeBook Chapteren
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental and Natural Resources Lawen
local.contributor.firstnamePaulen
local.contributor.firstnameMarken
local.subject.for2008180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Lawen
local.subject.seo2008940110 Environmental Servicesen
local.identifier.epublicationsvtls086601088en
local.profile.schoolSchool of Lawen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Lawen
local.profile.emailpmartin9@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailmshephe6@une.edu.auen
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local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20120316-102033en
local.publisher.placeCollingwood, Australiaen
local.identifier.totalchapters17en
local.format.startpage3en
local.format.endpage11en
local.contributor.lastnameMartinen
local.contributor.lastnameShephearden
dc.identifier.staffune-id:pmartin9en
dc.identifier.staffune-id:mshephe6en
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dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
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local.title.maintitleWhat is meant by the social licence?en
local.output.categorydescriptionB1 Chapter in a Scholarly Booken
local.relation.urlhttp://books.google.com.au/books?id=fdFW4YYzMWIC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA3en
local.relation.urlhttp://trove.nla.gov.au/work/152275858en
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