The neglected north: Developing Northern Australia from the south since 1901

Megarrity, Lyndon (2022) The neglected north: Developing Northern Australia from the south since 1901. In: Holbrook, Carolyn, Megarrity, Lyndon, and Lowe, David, (eds.) Lessons from History Leading historians tackle Australia’s greatest challenges. NewSouth, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 314-331.

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[Extract] In 1909, Australian Australians to: poet Mabel Forrest urged her fellow Arm the empty North that drowses by its tide-washed sandy slopes; There is iron in the ranges, there is silver in the stopes, There is wealth undreamed – your birthright – in the country’s scattered parts, There is grit and honest courage in your people’s loyal hearts. 1 Forrest’s ‘pioneer’ sentiments now seem old-fashioned. Nevertheless, the economic progress of the less-populated northern half Australia remains a national project that shows no signs completion any time soon. Since Federation, the Commonwealth has created policies and programs designed to develop Northern Australia and to alleviate isolation for its residents. 2 Over several generations, especially since the Second World War, the Commonwealth has made a major contribution to improving life in the tropics. Despite these gains, the political fear that the north is not living up to its full potential remains visceral, and claims that the north is neglected continue to be vehemently expressed by state and national MPs.

Item ID: 75844
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9781742239323
Copyright Information: © Carolyn Holbrook, Lyndon Megarrity & David Lowe 2022.
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2022 23:23
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 100%
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