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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Australian cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy

Australian cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy

(p.245) Fourteen Australian cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy
Australian public policy

Paul Burton

Jago Dodson

Policy Press

This chapter critically reviews the development of national policy initiatives directed at Australian cities over the last century. It explores theoretical and conceptual notions of urbanism and urban policy, especially Keynesian or social democratic and Marxist traditions of analysis. The chapter then reviews attempts to develop metropolitan strategies in response to emerging problems of growth management in Australian cities, including the landmark programs of the Whitlam and Hawke/Keating federal governments and the concerted but unsuccessful efforts of the last Labor governments of Rudd and Gillard. We conclude by reflecting on the prospects of a national urban policy in Australia that might transcend changes of government but see few signs of this at present.

Keywords:   Australian cities, urbanism, national policy, growth management, metropolitan

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