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The haves and have nots in Australia's Tropical North - New Perspectives on a Persisting Problem

Taylor, Andrew, Larson, Silvia, Stoeckl, Natalie and Carson, Dean B. (2011). The haves and have nots in Australia's Tropical North - New Perspectives on a Persisting Problem. Geographical Research,49(1):13-22.

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IRMA ID 81704288xPUB65
Title The haves and have nots in Australia's Tropical North - New Perspectives on a Persisting Problem
Author Taylor, Andrew
Larson, Silvia
Stoeckl, Natalie
Carson, Dean B.
Journal Name Geographical Research
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 49
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1745-5863   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-79551488090
Start Page 13
End Page 22
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract There is significant confluence in the literature that leads one to expect groups of haves and groups of have nots in socio-economic systems within common spatial contexts. Several economic theories suggest economic activity to be concentrated in a few core areas with geographically large 'peripheries' relying on one or two industries for employment and income. In the context of the north of Australia, issues of disparities in socio-economic status between the region and elsewhere in Australia, and also within the region have been highlighted in the literature for some time. This paper discusses the contemporary situation using customised data collected and analysed for 55 river-basin catchments in the Tropical Rivers region of northern Australia to highlight the extent of the haves and have nots problem. A range of spatial economic theories are discussed as theoretical bases for the present day situation and as pointers to revisionist approaches which may address it. Transforming the have nots to improved states of well-being will be a costly and difficult process. Consequently, we argue that factors other than raw incomes and economic production should be reconsidered and re-prioritised by governments as redress to the ongoing 'problem' of the North. 
Keywords Northern Australia
Tropical Rivers
Core-periphery
Remote economic systems
Sub-optimal development states
Indigenous economic development
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-5871.2010.00648.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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