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Political chronicles - Tasmania January to July 2012


Alessandrini, M, Political chronicles - Tasmania January to July 2012, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 58, (4) pp. 619-673. ISSN 0004-9522 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01657.x


Economic matters have again dominated political activity in Tasmania to date this year. The forestry industry decline resulting from international factors and the cessation of native harvesting has had severe economic and political consequences, with dominant corporate player Gunns re-organising operations and the negotiation of the Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) dragging on to beyond numerous deadlines, with the very real risk of failure. The school closures initially planned following the 2011 state budget have now been subject to a further independent enquiry, and the state government continues to wrestle with unpalatable budget cuts in staffing and frontline services in health, law enforcement and education. Health funding has remained an issue with cost-cutting measures and structural problems contributing to public disquiet and speculation about federal government intervention. There have also been several developments in enhancing democratisation, including the enquiry into electoral funding, the need for expanded powers for the integrity commission and commitments to enlargement of the state lower house, the House of Assembly, from twenty-five to thirty-five, to repair the damage of 1998.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alessandrini, M (Dr Megan Alessandrini)
ID Code:79902
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2012-10-11
Last Modified:2017-07-04

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