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The haves and have nots in Australia's Tropical North - new perspectives on a persisting problem
2011 (English)In: Geographical Research, ISSN 1745-5863, E-ISSN 1745-5871, Vol. 49, no 1, p. 13-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is significant confluence in the literature that leads one to expect groups ofhaves and groups of have nots in socio-economic systems within common spatialcontexts. Several economic theories suggest economic activity to be concentratedin a few core areas with geographically large 'peripheries' relying on one or twoindustries for employment and income. In the context of the north of Australia,issues of disparities in socio-economic status between the region and elsewhere inAustralia, and also within the region have been highlighted in the literature forsome time. This paper discusses the contemporary situation using customised datacollected and analysed for 55 river-basin catchments in the Tropical Rivers regionof 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 thepresent day situation and as pointers to revisionist approaches which may addressit. Transforming the have nots to improved states of well-being will be a costlyand difficult process. Consequently, we argue that factors other than raw incomesand economic production should be reconsidered and re-prioritised by govern-ments as redress to the ongoing 'problem' of the North.

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2011. Vol. 49, no 1, p. 13-22
Keywords [en]
Northern Australia, Tropical Rivers, Core-periphery, Remote economic systems, Sub-optimal development states, Indigenous economic development
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125312DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2010.00648.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-125312DiVA, id: diva2:967932
Available from: 2016-09-10 Created: 2016-09-09 Last updated: 2018-08-29Bibliographically approved

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