Northern Australia should have a say in its own future

Dale, Allan (2013) Northern Australia should have a say in its own future. The Conversation, 6 August 2013.

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[Extract] Recently, Australia's north has featured front-and-centre in national debates about the country's future; the election campaign will likely see more claims about what the north can do for the country.

Some cast it as the frontier saviour, a source of bold new resource and agricultural developments both real and imagined. Others dream of securing the north's expansive landscapes as iconic wilderness.

Northern policy has long been a source of conflict. Debates have raged about the success or otherwise of government interventions in indigenous communities. Quick-draw policy responses on complex issues like the live cattle trade have devastated many communities. Additionally, media images of coast-bound refugees keep the north's strategic importance centre-stage, raising unresolved tensions about our Asian-Pacific relationships.

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