Northern Dreams

The Politics of Northern Development in Australia

Lyndon Megarrity

The book brings to life the passionate arguments about Northern Australia's national significance and analyses the political debates that have periodically drawn the public's attention northwards. It highlights the enormous potential for development and the role that Australian politicians have played in shaping policies to suit their times.
Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Arden
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781925984576
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Northern Australia is rediscovered by each new generation of Australian politicians. Dams, mines, large transport projects, a food bowl for Asia and many other projects are promised and sometimes delivered, but then the political momentum fades away and the focus of attention turns to other issues. What is often missing in discussion is the region’s long history of nation-building initiatives and proposals, stretching back to 1901. Without this knowledge we are likely to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Northern Dreams brings to life the passionate arguments about Northern Australia’s national significance and analyses the political debates that have periodically drawn the public’s attention northwards. It also highlights the role that Australian politicians such as Gough Whitlam, Ben Chifley, Robert Menzies and Bob Hawke played in shaping northern development policies to suit their times. Northern Dreams is the definitive history of the politics of northern development in Australia.

About The Author
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Lyndon Megarrity has published widely on many historical topics, including Queensland political history, race relations, local government and Northern Australia. Megarrity was also co-author and researcher for a Queensland government-supported history of Queensland: 'Made in Queensland: A New History' (UQP, 2009). He completed his PhD in history at the University of New England (awarded in 2002) and has since been employed as an historical researcher and tertiary teacher. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville.

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