Article – We need a smarter debate on developing northern Australia

13 August 2013
Andrew Campbell
The Conversation

Local people want sensible development that is sensitive to the things that make the north unique and valuable. PHOTO: Tom Rayner

The Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia invokes romantic notions of Australia’s pioneering past, describing the north as no longer the “last frontier” but the “next frontier”.

Calls for a northern food bowl to double Australia’s food production appear to resonate with both major parties. And both seem sympathetic to new irrigation schemes fed from dams and groundwater pumping.

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Courtesy of the Coversation.

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