ABSTRACT

Agriculture, mining and related rural industries have been central to the development of Australia’s economy. This book details the role that the Australian Government has played in the making of rural and regional Australia, particularly since World War II. The book reviews these policies and evaluates them with regards the commitments undertaken by the Government to contribute towards vibrant, rural communities.

Policy areas addressed include agriculture, water, education, welfare and population, natural resource management, resource extraction, Indigenous and affairs, localism, rural research and regional innovation, Youth Affairs and the devolution of regional governance. Overall two distinct policy strategies can be observed: one wherein the government saw its role as part of the entrepreneurial state and a sector wherein government has increasingly taken itself out of industry development, leaving this role to the market. Having considered these strategies and their impacts, the book concludes that policy over the past 40 years has not in fact contributed to a more vibrant, prosperous rural and regional Australia.

Rural and Regional Futures concludes with several chapters looking to the future. One chapter explores what the role of the state can be within a social market economy while the final chapter gives consideration to the initial steps rural communities will need to take to begin the process of revitalisation. While these materials present as a case study of developments in Australia, the policy shift from the Government as entrepreneur to a focus on markets is an international one and as such, the insights offered by this book will have wide appeal.

chapter |16 pages

The making of rural and regional Australia: an introduction

ByANTHONY HOGAN, MICHELLE YOUNG

part |2 pages

Part I Background: structuring policy

chapter 1|19 pages

Regional policy in post- war Australia: much ado about nothing?

ByPAUL COLLITS

chapter 3|13 pages

Australian agricultural policy: the pursuit of agricultural efficiency

ByERIN F . SMITH AND BILL PRITCHARD

chapter 4|13 pages

Natural resource management in Australia: a historical summary

ByREBEKA TENNENT, STEWART LOCKIE

part |2 pages

PART II Policy- specific issues

chapter 6|14 pages

Perspectives on population policy in Australia

ByCATHERINE GROSS

chapter 8|20 pages

Education for rural Australia

ByPHILIP ROBERTS

chapter 10|23 pages

Youth policy in Australia since World War II: the more things change

BySÉAN MACDERMOTT, SUSAN TAYLOR

chapter 11|17 pages

Rural policy: shaping women’s lives

ByMARGARET ALSTON

chapter 12|20 pages

Three decades of rural health

ByGORDON GREGORY, REBECCA PHILLIPS, SUSAN BRUMBY

part |2 pages

Part III Emerging issues in rural and regional policy

chapter 14|11 pages

Assessing adaptability in regional economies

ByKIM HOUGHTON, THOMAS FELL

chapter 15|22 pages

Localism and the policy goal of securing the socio- economic viability of rural and regional Australia

ByANTHONY HOGAN, JEN CLEARY, STEWART LOCKIE

chapter 16|17 pages

Development of mining- affected regions: the influence of the Commonwealth in a state dominated sphere

ByJ O - ANNE EVERINGHAM AND DANIEL M . FRANKS

part |2 pages

Part IV Moving forward: visioning a future for rural and regional

chapter 18|12 pages

Country futures: framing a policy agenda for rural and regional Australia

ByANTHONY HOGAN, MICHELLE YOUNG