Journal of Economic and Social Policy

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Vol. 17, No. 2, 2015

Mob Learning - Digital Communities for Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Students
IntroductionIn this paper the term 'mob learning' has three meanings. In each case 'mob' is a positive term. Firstly, it is noted that in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander slang the words 'our mob' can refer in an all-encompassing way to First Nations...
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Enabling Indigenous Education Success beyond Regional Borders
IntroductionEducation is a powerful tool that can assist all citizens, and therefore nations, to achieve better social and economic outcomes. It is a key strategy for addressing social disadvantage. Within Australia, education is seen as one of the most...
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Educating Australian High School Students in Relation to the Digital Future of Agriculture
IntroductionA number of substantial challenges are currently facing the rural and agricultural sector in Australia in relation to the availability of an appropriately qualified workforce. Regional universities have a role to play in addressing these...
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Dusted but Connected: A Case Study of Australian Online Community for People Affected by Asbestos-Related Disease
IntroductionAustralia faces considerable challenges in meeting both the current and future health needs of its citizens notwithstanding that Australia's health care system continues to perform well when judged by the international standards of average...
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The Role of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast in Developing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Its Region
IntroductionAcross the region of most OECD countries, there is a shift to knowledge-intensive enterprises which are frequently linked with universities. The development of human capital, particularly through higher levels of education and research, has...
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Virtual Discussions to Support Climate Risk Decision Making on Farms
IntroductionClimatic variability is a central challenge to farming in countries such as Australia where seasonal conditions and weather events may significantly impact crop production over the growing season, threatening farm profitability and viability...
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Uptake of Digital Technology by Small and Medium Beef Cattle Producers: The Influence of Learning and Cost on the Extent of Usage
IntroductionDigital technology offers beef cattle producers unprecedented levels of information for decision making and the future development of their enterprise if they can harness its full potential. This research project investigated the relationship...
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An Integrated Approach to Attracting and Retaining Teachers in Rural and Remote Parts of Australia
IntroductionIt has long been a challenge to attract and retain quality teachers in rural and remote areas of Australia (Boylan et al., 1993; Plunkett and Dyson, 2011; Roberts, 2005; Yarrow, Ballantyne, Hansford, Herschell, and Millwater, 1999). This...
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Estimating the Value of Conjunctive Water Use at a System-Level Using Nonlinear Programing Model
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)1.IntroductionWater is the most important input in irrigated agriculture, with timely and reliable supply being a major determinant in cropping decisions (Khan, Yuanlai and Blackwell, 2006). Irrigators, however,...
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Introduction to the 2014 Digital Rural Futures Conference Special Edition in Association with the Regional Universities Network (RUN)
IntroductionIn June, 2014, the Digital Rural Futures Conference, an initiative of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), was held at the University of Southern Queensland's Toowoomba campus. RUN, a network of six universities with headquarters in regional...
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Vol. 17, No. 1, 2015

Stories Tell Culture Connecting Identity with Place: Australian Cultural Policy and Collective Creativity
IntroductionThe paper discusses findings of doctoral research that investigates the impact of Australian cultural policy on the community arts. Cultural policy discourse is analysed and found to imply aesthetic values, social ideals and economic objectives...
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Introduction to the JESP Special Issue on Regional Megatrends
JESP Special Issue on Regional MegatrendsThis Special Issue contains six papers, each providing a very different contribution to the stock of research on regional Australia. As has been the case with the previous Special Issue of JESP, these papers were...
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Trends in Organic and Green Food Consumption in China: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Australian Exporters
IntroductionThe organic food industry in China has experienced rapid development (Li, Ge & Bai, 2013); its size has quadrupled in the past five years (Soil Association, 2012) and it is expected to double by 2015 (Euromonitor, 2011). Market reports...
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Developing an Evidence-Based Approach to Accelerating Regional City Growth: A Case Study of Victoria
IntroductionThe aim of this paper is to examine how RDV1 has assembled and applied an evidence-base to support decision making about how to accelerate the growth of Victoria's regional cities. This work was developed in response to the Government's policy...
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Deliberative Collaborative Governance as a Democratic Reform to Resolve Wicked Problems and Improve Trust
IntroductionMegatrends are usually considered to be long term systemic changes in the way human societies function, or more precisely - "...a collection of trends, patterns of economic, social or environmental activity that will change the way people...
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Identifying Tensions in the Development of Northern Australia: Implications for Governance
IntroductionIn recent years, the release of a number of publications has helped stimulate a national discussion on the future development of northern Australia. Prominent examples include the Rudd-Gillard white paper, Australia in the Asian Century (2012);...
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The Pros and Cons of Long Distance Commuting: Comments from South Australian Mining and Resource Workers
IntroductionThe origins of long distance commuting (LDC) in the minerals and resources sector1 can be traced back to the Gulf of Mexico's off-shore oil industry in the 1950's (Storey, 2001) and in Australia to the mid-1980s when mining companies adopted...
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Vol. 16, No. 2, 2014

Note from Managing Editor
Welcome to Volume 16, Issue 2 of the Journal of Economic and Social Policy. After almost twenty years of consistent publishing, the Journal of Economic and Social Policy (JESP) will no longer be funded and this will be the final general edition to be...
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Coordination Practices in Federal Government: The Case of Integration Policy in Austria
IntroductionSome of the most pressing challenges for public administrations occur when their organisational structures and processes are confronted with "wicked" problems (Rittel and Webber, 1973), "which are complex and [...] characterised by competing...
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Innovation in the Not for Profit Sector: A Regional Australian Case Study
IntroductionThis research details the impact and subsequent fate of a government-funded social innovation project, known as the Innovation Farm. This public/private partnership was delivered by the Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services (CHESS), a...
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A Shiny Fragmentary Skeleton: The World Bank and Workers' Human Rights in the 2013 World Development Report
IntroductionThe World Bank (WB) is a key global player in development policymaking. Developing countries usually turn to this institution looking for financial support and policy guidance. The WB has remarkable intellectual and financial resources. It...
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A Vision for International Development and a Tool for Comparisons
IntroductionNearly a decade ago, I worked on a project with the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam, to restructure one of the country's major ministries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with clear missions and functions...
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Gender Bias of Government Agencies and NGOs in the Provision of Services to the Rural Poor in Bangladesh
Introduction and Rationale of the StudyThis paper offers a gender-based study on the perceptions of beneficiaries towards service delivery effectiveness of microcredit-driven government organisations (GO) and non-government organisations (NGOs). The...
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Agricultural Trade Liberalisation and Welfare of Rural Households in Bangladesh: A Complementary Policy Framework
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)1. IntroductionAgricultural trade liberalisation has generated substantial debate regarding the gains and losses received by rural households from liberalisation. Agricultural trade liberalisation refers to reducing...
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Knowledge Absorption through Social Networks for Sustainability of SMEs in Regional Australia
IntroductionThis study investigated the experiences and opinions of small to medium- sized business owners in the regional city of Whyalla, South Australia to determine how they harness their social networks to absorb external knowledge towards innovation....
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Regional Development: The Importance of a Relationship with Government
IntroductionDelivering appropriate assistance to businesses with the aim of enhancing regional development is the task of economic development officers (EDO) working in federal, state and/or local government departments to implement specific policies...
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The Management of Digital Loyalty Card Data within a Collaborative Innovation Network
IntroductionThe role of innovation and knowledge exchange have become important items on government's agenda in recent years due to the emergence of the knowledge- based economy, and even more so in recent years with the economic downturn.Governments'...
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Building a Social Case for Business Sustainability
IntroductionWhilst there is a growing literature concerning the relevance of sustainability to business theory and practice, there are only a small number of articles which focus specifically on the social dimension of sustainability within the context...
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Vol. 16, No. 1, 2014

Aquaculture in Regional Australia: Responding to Trade Externalities. A Northern NSW Case Study
IntroductionAquaculture continues to be the fastest-growing, meat-producing sector in the world, growing from less than 1 million tonnes of annual production in 1950 to more than 50 million tonnes in 2008 (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United...
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Benefits of Skilled Migration Programs for Regional Australia: Perspectives from the Northern Territory
1. IntroductionSkilled migration has long been at the forefront of policies for promulgating population growth and therefore regional economic growth in developed nations like Australia (Golebiowska and Carson, 2009). Historically migration programs...
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Economic Gardening: Capacity Building for Stronger Regions
IntroductionEconomic stimulation on the local level is increasingly recognised as the key to regional resilience. In Castells' (2000) notion of a 'regionalised, global economy' government intervention, regional structures and networks play a significant...
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Endogenous Growth, Local Competitiveness and Regional Development: Western Australia's Regional Cities, 2001-2011
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionOne of the ongoing concerns of regional policy-makers and planners in Australia is the persistence of spatial economic inequality (Beer et al., 2003; Stimson et al., 2009; Beer, 2012). Indeed, there...
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Catchment-Scale Governance in Northern Australia: A Preliminary Evaluation
IntroductionNorthern Australia (Figure 1) is a massive area of approximately 2,773,000 km2 across much of Queensland (Qld), the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA). Several economic, environmental and social opportunities of national significance...
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JESP Special Edition: Research and Policy in Regional Australia
JESP Special Edition: Research, Policy and Practice in Regional AustraliaWe are delighted to introduce this Special Issue of the Journal of Economic and Social Policy (JESP), with a research focus centred on the communities and economy of Regional Australia....
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Pride and Profit: Geographical Indications as Regional Development Tools in Australia
IntroductionGeographical Indications (GIs) are intellectual property rights that have their origin in 19th century Europe. The first multilateral treaty dealing with them dates back to 1883 (Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property,...
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Sustainable Food Systems in Northern Queensland
IntroductionThe themes of sustainability, food quality, safety and food security have become firmly embedded in the public discourse of government policy in Australia. In the National Food Plan Our Food Our Future (2012), it is acknowledged that the...
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Vol. 15, No. 3, 2013

Coal Seam Gas and Social Impact Assessment: An Anthropological Contribution to Current Debates and Practices
IntroductionUnconventional gas has been extracted in Australia for more than fifteen years, but large-scale developments started to increase rapidly since about 2006. It became a matter of national and international controversy a number of years later,...
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Introduction - Special Edition: The Economic and Social Policy Implications of the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Industry in Australia
Coal Seam Gas (CSG) as an energy source has been, and continues to be, a highly contentious issue both within Australia and overseas. Despite the CSG industry being in operation within Australia for close to 15 years (Australian Petroleum Production...
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Developing the Lismore CSG Poll - A University/Local Government Collaboration
IntroductionThis paper reports a case of a partnership between a regional university and a local government authority (LGA) in developing the question for an LGA poll on a matter of regional planning. The context is one in which a local government authority...
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Investment Risk: An Amplification Tool for Social Movement Campaigns Globally and Locally
IntroductionThe global social movement that has arisen in response to the threat of carboninduced climate change is a complex and amorphous movement that operates simultaneously at a global as well as at an intensely local level. At the global level...
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Resilience in a Changing Community Landscape of Coal Seam Gas: Chinchilla in Southern Queensland
Andrea M. WaltonIntroductionArrival of a coal seam gas (CSG) industry to a rural community is associated with significant change. As impacts of CSG are unfolding, the social, economic and environmental assessments point to a combination of benefits and...
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The Economic Contest between Coal Seam Gas Mining and Agriculture on Prime Farmland: It May Be Closer Than We Thought
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionCoal seam gas (CSG) mining in Australia has grown rapidly since 1995, responding to buoyant international demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG), and encouraged by Australia's minerals exploration...
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Vol. 15, No. 2, 2013

Connecting Work Design and Business Ecosystems: Fostering Innovation in Information Technology Firms
IntroductionThe extant literature on innovation capacity highlights the importance of human capital formation and work design choices (Smith et al., 2012). Although this stream of literature is well developed, an emerging stream of literature on business...
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How to Create an Externality
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)1. IntroductionAn externality is defined as potentially relevant when the activity, to the extent that it is actually performed, generates any desire on the part of the externally benefited (damaged) party (A)...
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Reconciling Micro and Macro Data on Household Wealth: A Test Based on Three Euro Area Countries
IntroductionThis article examines the linkages between household wealth surveys (HS) and National Accounts' (NA) household balance sheets. It aims to build a bridge between the survey results and the macro balance sheets. It also makes a first attempt...
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Supporting Innovation in Regional Australia - Perceptions from Regional and Urban Innovators
IntroductionInnovation is broadly defined by the Oxford online dictionary as a process 'by which to make change in something established, especially by introducing new methods or ideas'. Globally, innovation is recognised as a key pathway to productivity...
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Vol. 15, No. 1, 2012

Economic Implications of FTTH Networks: A Cross-Sectional Analysis
IntroductionIndividuals and businesses are becoming ever more reliant on advanced telecommunications technologies that provide increased bandwidth capabilities. This dependence makes the resilience of the technological infrastructure critical. From an...
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The ECB in an Enlarged Monetary Union: How to Reform the Rotation Scheme
1. IntroductionIn March 2009 the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to implement a rotation scheme for voting rights in its Governing Council to prepare for the challenges of the enlargement of the eurozone (ECB, 2009).1 The decision indicated this...
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Match Making: Finding People Missing out on Government Assistance
IntroductionThis paper will argue that Australia's social security system is failing to ensure that everyone who would otherwise qualify for government assistance is actually receiving that support. Or more accurately, the government is failing to ensure...
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Principles of Political Economy Applied to Policy and Governance: Disembedded Economy, Contradictions, Circular Cumulation and Uneven Development
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)IntroductionThe Journal of Economic and Social Policy has included in its analyses over the past seventeen years some key concepts of political economy applied to policy and governance issues. These include...
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Social Preferences and Policy Centralisation: The Case of US Speed Limits
IntroductionNational speed limit reform has been one of the most controversial issues in the debate that rages in the United States' transport sector. Indeed, the tension between advocates of regulatory centralisation and the supporters of decentralisation...
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Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective
Miguel A. Centeno and Joseph N. Cohen, 2010, Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 180 pages. ISBN: 0745644503This book, as the testimonials on the back cover indicate, is a well-written overview of the multi-faceted...
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