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Is Australia’s claim to Antarctica at risk?


Hodgson-Johnston, I and Jabour, JA, Is Australia's claim to Antarctica at risk?, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Hobart, Tasmania, Online, 17 October 2014 (2014) [Magazine Article]

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While Australia’s commitment to a 20-year plan for Antarctica has been welcomed by some it has also raised concerns over the nation’s ability to fulfil a credible research role in the south polar region. The issue was raised this week with claims Australian researchers should have been deployed to study an issue at the Totten Glacier, just 400km from the Australian Casey base. Instead, a US mission had been sent, ironically via Hobart. Faced with growing interest in the region from other nations such as China, South Korea, India, Russia and Iran, there was a call for an extra A$10-20 million a year in Australian Antarctic research. Central to the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, released last week, is whether any funding cuts to research programs, and lack of capacity and infrastructure is leading to a dilution of Australian sovereignty over the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT). So what is Australia’s claim to the region and could that be under threat?

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctic research, Antarctic law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental 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)
UTAS Author:Jabour, JA (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:96960
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-26
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