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What should development in Northern Australia look like?

August 31st, 2016

Episode 407 of 435 episodes

Proponents of developing the north of Australia argue it has a surplus of water, vast expanses of land, and resources aplenty. It is also close to Asia. But, although it makes up 40% of the country’s land mass, less than one and a half million people currently live there. Many are indigenous and live on traditional lands. What does sustainable development in Northern Australia look like? What are the environmental constraints?

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