Lessons from history point to local councils’ role in Australia’s recovery

White, Patrick, and Brennan, Claire (2020) Lessons from history point to local councils’ role in Australia’s recovery. The Conversation, 4 June 2020.

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[Extract] Australia’s local governments breathed new life into embattled regional communities after the second world war. Today, this history reminds us of the role local councils and communities should play in plans to power the national recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Australia’s experience of this pandemic has opened a door to the past. The Spanish flu pandemic led to emergency powers, border closures and authority contests between state and federal governments.

Item ID: 63411
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2201-5639
Keywords: North Queensland; Northern Australia; local government; northern development; Covid19; post-war reconstruction
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Funders: Australian Government Postgraduate Award, James Cook University College of Arts, Society and Education
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 02:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 20%
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