The development of environmental administration in Queensland and Western Australia

Why are they different?

Aynsley Kellow, Simon Niemeyer

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Western Australia and Queensland are often seen as the most developmentalist states in the Australian federation, largely because they remained less developed for longer and have seen much mineral and agricultural development in the latter part of the twentieth century. Developmentalism is usually seen as anathema to a commitment to environmental policy, which most states have taken on in response to environmentalism in the same period, yet these two developmentalist states exhibit markedly different trajectories in response to this environmentalist stimulus. This paper explores the reasons for these differences, finding a variety of causal factors including both socioeconomic influences (such as affluence and demographics), political structures, and personalities and the force of ideas. It suggests that we should be wary of monocausal explanations of such differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-222
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


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