Developing the north, defending the nation? The Northern Australia Development Committee, 1945–1949

McGregor, Russell (2013) Developing the north, defending the nation? The Northern Australia Development Committee, 1945–1949. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59 (1). pp. 33-46.

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Abstract

The Northern Australia Development Committee (NADC) was established in late 1945 to coordinate the efforts of the Commonwealth, Queensland and Western Australian governments in developing the north of the continent. At the outset, defence considerations were uppermost. However, the NADC soon became entangled in disputes among Commonwealth departments and personalities over the relevance of northern development to national defence. Some — notably the Department of Defence — insisted that northern Australia no longer possessed special strategic significance. Others — notably the Department of External Affairs — argued that northern development must be conceived within a broader geo-political context. This paper examines the NADC's entanglement in these disputes, and explains how this entanglement contributed crucially to the committee's ineffectualness and early demise.

Item ID: 25844
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8497
Keywords: tropical Australia, defence, development, international Relations, interstate Relations
Funders: Northern Territory Archives Service
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2013 05:45
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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