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Australian politics and Antarctic sovereignty: themes, protagonists and antagonists


Hodgson-Johnston, I, Australian politics and Antarctic sovereignty: themes, protagonists and antagonists, Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 7, (3) pp. 183-202. ISSN 1836-6503 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2015.1101811


Australia's claim to the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) is not widely recognised internationally. Discussing enforcement of Australian domestic law in the Southern Ocean, defending the territorial claim and other emotive issues related to Antarctica therefore requires some domestic sensitivity to broader international diplomacy. Using qualitative and quantitative analysis methods to identify the political parties who most often raise issues of Antarctica, the major themes of Antarctic policy and politics since 1998, and the discussions of Antarctic sovereignty by political parties. Through this analysis, the different approaches of the Australian Labor Party, the Federal Liberal-National Party Coalition and the Australian Greens to Antarctic sovereignty-related issues are identified and discussed. While broadly there is tripartisan support for Antarctic policies, some differences between political parties do exist.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic, Australian politics, sovereignty, political parties
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International criminal law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International relations not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hodgson-Johnston, I (Dr Indi Hodgson-Johnston)
ID Code:103998
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2015-10-30
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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