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Making the case for the controversial Davis Aerodrome in East Antarctica


McGee, J, Making the case for the controversial Davis Aerodrome in East Antarctica, Polar Geopolitics, Polar Geopolitics, Sweden, 19 July (2021) [Media Interview]

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Australia’s plans to build a 2.7 km airstrip and other infrastructure in the ice-free Vestfold Hills near its Davis Station in East Antarctica have been heavily criticized, primarily on environmental grounds. The aerodrome, which Australia contends would improve scientific access to the continent and facilitate search and rescue operations, could also have an array of geopolitical implications. Antarctic legal expert Jeffrey McGee, an associate professor at the University of Tasmania in Hobart who has come out in support of the project, recently co-authored a report for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, "All-weather aerodrome in Antarctica would be a gamechanger for Australia". Dr. McGee joins the podcast to explain the strategic rationale and current status of the aerodrome and why he believes, if the plans go forward, it would not only benefit Australia but also other Antarctic stakeholders.

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:Antarctica, governance, challenges
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International and comparative law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Defence not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
ID Code:145682
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2021-08-02
Last Modified:2021-08-05

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