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Postcards from the frontline: a traverse through Australia’s Antarctic policy


Press, T, Postcards from the frontline: a traverse through Australia's Antarctic policy, Griffith Review, 77 pp. 175-187. ISSN 1448-2924 (2022) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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POLICY DEVELOPMENT CAN be an arcane process, so I’ll begin this exploration of Australian Antarctic policy on a lighter note.

After the 2013 election I was commissioned by the Australian Govern­ment to prepare a report on Australia’s Antarctic strategic interests. In October 2014 Greg Hunt, the then Minister for the Environment, was in Hobart to publicly release that report, Australia’s 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan. In the heat (or perhaps it was the excitement?) of the moment, Hunt departed from his prepared notes to discuss the protection of walruses. It was one of those moments when the only thing you do is to try to keep a straight face. Tasmanian journalist Andrew Darby – a specialist in Antarctic affairs and conservation – was somewhere in my line of sight; I made sure I made no eye contact.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:Antarctica, Australia, Antarctic Treaty, security, geopolitics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Research, science and technology policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Press, T (Dr Tony Press)
ID Code:153759
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP190101214)
Deposited By:Australian Antarctic Program Partnership
Deposited On:2022-10-05
Last Modified:2022-10-05

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