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Self-reliant citizens and targeted populations: the case of Australian agriculture in the 1990s


Higgins, V, Self-reliant citizens and targeted populations: the case of Australian agriculture in the 1990s, Arena Journal, 19 pp. 161-177. ISSN 1320-6567 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Since the early 1990s the notion of 'self-reliance' has assumed a central place in agricultural and regional policy in Australia. Applied specifically to agriculture, rural producers have been told by governments and farm organizations that they must become less dependent on government support and develop a more entrepreneurial attitude to financial and environmental risks. Such an approach is well illustrated in national initiatives such as the National Landcare Program (NLP) and Property Management Planning (PMP)" which are aimed at shaping farmers' management practices. On the one hand, it is argued in official policy documents that self-reliance is an essential part of farm management that leads to both profitability and long-term environmental sustainability. On the other hand, those farmers regarded by authorities as not having the capacity to become selfreliant are deemed to be hindering the development of a more internationally competitive sector and to have a limited future in primary production. A similar trend is evident in contemporary rural development strategies. These emphasize the significance of developing more enterprising attitudes among farmers so that they will deal effectively with change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agricultural policy, self-reliance, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:138188
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-26
Last Modified:2020-07-28

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