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  1. Fair Share - Chapter 8

    TAKING STOCK In the late 1990s the country started to regain some political space, as an electoral backlash forced ... multiculturalism, indigenous welfare, economic rationalism. City-based commentators focused on her attitudes to race and saw her as the ... state arguing with a confused and very angry rural Australia, which still believes that the state can and should protect its ... that rural and regional Australia might always need a fair degree of subsidisation, that it will always be more expensive to deliver ... with a difficult geography, and that we do all need to share the cost.  If non-metropolitan Australia is always going to need ... for this essay are available at the end of the book. Fair Share - Chapter 8 ...


  2. Bad News - Chapter 15

    FAIR SHARE Correspondence Bernard Salt Judith Brett has effectively ... and people: the divide – real or imagined – between city and bush. The concept of the “fair share” is presented by Brett as a reimagining of a previous ... much the same. The tension between city and bush has defined Australia, certainly since the late nineteenth century. By my measure, around ... one in today’s popular culture wants to exchange city for country life. Or at least not for a country life located beyond a two-hour ... modest population gains being made by regional towns, this issue of the city–bush divide and fair share or fair go – or fair whatever ...


  3. Bad News - Chapter 13

    FAIR SHARE Correspondence Linda Botterill As Judith Brett points out, ... The Plumber Wants a Wife . Television programs such as A Country Practice, Blue Heelers and McLeod’s Daughters play to our ... with hearts of gold winning over jaded and cynical city types. The television quiz show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? had a ... of a private company, AWB Limited, with a rather peculiar share structure that privileged one group of shareholders over another. Media ... story. There are clearly cultural differences between country and city Australia. Country towns are different from the suburbs. The National Party, ...


  4. Bad News - Chapter 11

    FAIR SHARE Correspondence Eric Knight In 2006 I visited an indigenous ... I was less sure that microfinance would work in regional Australia. Distance was the outback’s tyranny, not lack of credit. It took ... – Yuendumu, Ali Curung, Tennant Creek. This was cattle country, and local people were held in employment by a piece of paper binding ... Australia could never be rescued. Judith Brett’s Fair Share forces us to confront an important reality: not all of Australia ... She argues that the promise of “adjustment” between city and country was not fulfilled. Instead of conserving the old splendour of ... owned equity in our country for over a century. The real issue was the complex question of securing the community’s long-term ...


  5. After The Future - Chapter 3

    ... this essay with a quote from Sir Keith Hancock’s book Australia because it set me thinking about the relationship Australians have with their country. Is it destructive and parasitical, or might the continent be ... ruminations are now more than eighty years old, and it’s a fair question as to whether we’re any more “Australian” today than we ... First Fleet amount to just three human lifetimes. It’s a fair question whether this second experiment will yield fruit before it’s too ... impression that protecting the environment is primarily an issue for the left, and that industry acts as a bloc to prevent environmental ... in the United States, to frustrate action on the issue.  Increasingly, those who act to frustrate environmental protection ...


  6. Now or Never - Chapter 5

    ... be a healthy new infusion of political will and leadership, Australia is uniquely placed to make a significant global difference in the ... on emissions abatement, and this means Australia doing its fair share by making very sharp cuts. Let’s assume that clean coal technology ... that this is achieved by Australia. One vitally important issue becomes the transfer of intellectual property involving clean coal from ... and that would involve constructing a new Australian city, for which I have elsewhere suggested the name Geothermia. For those who ... is occurring right now in Iceland. The significance of that country, from a clean energy perspective, comes from the fact that it sits ...


  7. Australian Story - Chapter 5

    ... ever owned was an HMV 78 of Peter Dawson singing “Advance Australia Fair.” The fruity baritone, who always wore full evening dress to the ... next to the Pacific area; Europe has become a second-order issue except where it impinges on multilateral relationships such as the G20, ... to draw closer the bonds of true loyalty, and to continue to share in the rights and privileges that belong to every British subject. We ... our last shilling will be offered and supplied to our mother country.” As prime minister, he pursued his pledge until retirement, and his ... authority, but of a more cynical realism: you can’t fight city hall. In the end, the bastards are always going to win, so you might as ...


  8. Beyond Belief - Chapter 5

    ... the local community. Seats such as Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Grey in South Australia, once safe Labor seats, now look safe ... candidate Bob Katter had it in the bag. Kennedy is Katter country. But Neilan finished second, beating the National Party candidate. He ... “heartland”, its historically working-class vote in the city and suburbs, is also contracting. In 2001, the ALP lost the heartland seat ... the long-term detriment of the ALP. ALP members spend a fair amount of time talking about factions. The talk is not so much about what ... internal party positions. Often enough they disband when the issue that brought them together is resolved and they no longer have a ... been slow to adapt to changing social circumstances; both share, in various degrees, an aversion to democratic member participation; both ...


  9. Unfinished Business - Chapter 14

    ... A generation of working-class families has benefited from Australia’s Labor-inspired economic miracle. The Keating model positions ... relentless whinging of the Murdoch media, talkback radio and Australia’s Fox News equivalent at Sky, maturity – and with it, a ... opportunity for proper medical treatment, opportunity to share in the nation’s wealth and resources, opportunity for decent housing, ... internal debate, in the framework of Labor policy, the issue is essentially settled.  The party should now think about its role ... Sydney’s North Shore, to the eastern suburbs or the inner-city – a common pattern among former Labor MPs, even trade union officials. ... most of it upwards. We are now a far more egalitarian country than during the Menzies era, when only three out of every 100 ... goals. It bridges a wide range of constituencies: inner-city progressives, suburban aspirationals and underclass communities; insiders ...


  10. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 2

    ... of victory at the 1949 election, for the Liberal Party of Australia and its coalition partner, the Country Party. On the Movietone news footage his hair is already white, his ... party unity. Their opponents forced a vote on the wedge issue of the day, free trade versus protection, and Labor’s parliamentary ... of the State, and which was to give way was the delicate issue.” Deakin of course hoped it would be Labor, accepting that its future ... as the case for economic reform had been, and with fair doses of ridicule for those who opposed them. The republic in particular ... he talks to them about Australia in the language they share. Like them he has national heroes and is interested in national stories. ... and experiences that make up contemporary Australia. For a city-based politician, this language is particularly useful for talking to ...