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Isolated agents

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert KelsoRobert Kelso
The effects of isolation from government, its agents, and their services often attributed to the 'tyranny of distance' (Blainey, 1982) - have been a seminal influence upon our national development and character. One related theme has been that while governments of all political persuasions have been attentive to the major metropolitan centres, in particular, the Australian Capital Territory and the state capitals, 'the bush' has been relatively ignored. This sentiment is evident in parts of rural Queensland, where some centres are more than 2000 kilometres from the state capital, Brisbane. Following a change of government in 1989, the implementation of one vote one value left many isolated communities feeling as though they were powerless to demand a response from governments. The competing aspirations of non-metropolitan communities and the government motivated by the 'rational' virtues of economy and efficiency, clashed in spectacular fashion as the high cost of service provision was used to justify the closure of government facilities.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Bishop P; Connors C; Sampford C

Parent Title

Management, organisation and ethics in the public sector

Start Page

201

End Page

218

Number of Pages

18

ISBN-10

0754622800

Publisher

Ashgate

Place of Publication

Aldershot, England

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business and Law; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

14

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