Once the country believed itself to be the true face of Australia: sunburnt men and capable women raising crops and children, enduring isolation and a fickle environment, carrying the nation on their sturdy backs. For almost 200 years after white settlement began, city Australia needed the country: to feed it, to earn its export income, to fill the empty land, to provide iOnce the country believed itself to be the true face of Australia: sunburnt men and capable women raising crops and children, enduring isolation and a fickle environment, carrying the nation on their sturdy backs. For almost 200 years after white settlement began, city Australia needed the country: to feed it, to earn its export income, to fill the empty land, to provide it with distinctive images of the nation being built in the great south land. But Australia no longer rides on the sheep’s back, and since the 1980s, when “economic rationalism” became the new creed, the country has felt abandoned, its contribution to the nation dismissed, its historic purpose forgotten.In Fair Share, Judith Brett argues that our federation was built on the idea of a big country and a fair share, no matter where one lived. We also looked to the bush for our legends and we still look to it for our food. These are not things we can just abandon. In late 2010, with the country independents deciding who would form federal government, it seemed that rural and regional Australia’s time had come again. But, as Murray-Darling water reform shows, the politics of dependence are complicated. The question remains: what will be the fate of the country in an era of user-pays, water cutbacks, climate change, droughts and flooding rains? What are the prospects for a new compact between country and city in Australia in the twenty-first century?“Once the problems of the country were problems for the country as a whole. But then government stepped back … The problems of the country were seen as unfortunate for those affected but not likely to have much impact on the rest of Australia. The agents of neoliberalism cut the country loose from the city and left it to fend for itself.” —Judith Brett, Fair Share...
|Title||:||Fair Share: Country and City in Australia|
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Fair Share: Country and City in Australia Reviews
What benefits does the city get from the country? With the Australian Year of the Farmer next year it's worth asking the question. And the answer has to go further than Drizzabones and Akubras. Judith Brett argues that we should look to regional Australia's strengths rather than its problems for answers and that we have an obligation of nationhood to do so: that we must confront the possiblity that rural and regional Australia might always need a fair degree of subsidisation and we do all need to share the cost. We are not just the capital cities running along the coastline. Brett expects we'll hear more of 'sustainable regional development' now that the independents have got a voice in government.
An excellent overview of the city/country relationship in Australia. Well worth the read, made me want to do more reading on the subject.
This was better than three stars but not worth four.Review to follow.