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- DescriptionOnce 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 longer rides on the sheep's back, and since the 1980s, when 'ecomic 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, matter where one lived. We also looked to the bush for our legends and we still look to it for our food. These are t 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?
- Author BiographyJudith Brett is professor of politics at La Trobe University and one of Australia's leading political thinkers. She is a former editor of Meanjin and columnist for the Age. She is the author of the award-winning Robert Menzies' Forgotten People and Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class: From Alfred Deakin to John Howard (2003), which was shortlisted for the Queensland premier's prize for non-fiction. She recently co-authored Divine Discontent: The Brotherhood of St Laurence - A History (2008).
- Author(s)Judith Brett
- PublisherBlack Inc.
- Date of Publication01/06/2011
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleQuarterly Essay
- Series Part/Volume Number42
- Place of PublicationMelbourne
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintBlack Inc.
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight160 g
- Width168 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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