The Environmental Implications of the Local-State Antinomy in Australia
Doctoral Thesis by Su Wild River
An antinomy is a contradiction between a principle and its opposite, where there is a compelling case for accepting both. This thesis adopts the antinomy of local-state government in Australia as its central conceptual theme, describing it with the following defensible, but contradictory principles that:
Findings show that representatives of Australian State Governments adhere to the outside-in principal, while LG officials act according to the inside-out principal. This fundamental misunderstanding about LG underpins many enduring problems between local and state governments in Australia. Misunderstandings between the spheres are most common in relation to:
See the whole thesis in the ANU digital thesis library at: http://thesis.anu.edu.au/public/adt-ANU20040922.142838/index.html
The original research towards this thesis included 34 case studies of LG attempts to deliver beneficial environmental outcomes. The case studies are available through this link: http://cres.anu.edu.au/lgcases
Some environmental risk studies undertaken in Queensland also contributed to this research. A link to them will be available shortly.