Positive futures for rural Australia

Lockie, Stewart (2001) Positive futures for rural Australia. In: Lockie, Stewart, and Bourke, Lisa, (eds.) Rurality Bites: the social and environmental transformation of rural Australia. Pluto Press, Annandale, NSW, Australia, pp. 287-299.

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[Extract] Making bold predictions about the future, or offering defini¬tive solutions to complex social and environmental problems is a dangerous, if not foolhardy, enterprise. One thing we can be confident about, however, is that the best way to ensure the continuation of existing trends toward depopulation, negative incomes, poor health, increasing debt, etc., is to maintain the status quo in terms of government and industry policy. The extreme economic rationalist argument that deregulation hasn't worked yet simply because it hasn't gone far enough -that governments have lost their nerve while farmers have tied up resources by not responding rationally to market signals to sell up and leave is circular and nonsensical. More of the same results in more of the same.

Item ID: 31267
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-86403-169-0
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 05:29
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 50%
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