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Looking South - Australia's Antartic Agenda
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Looking South - Australia's Antartic Agenda

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Australia has a long, rich and significant history in Antarctic affairs. Since 1933 Australia has asserted a claim to 42 per cent of the continent as the Australian Antarctic Territory. Australia was an original signatory to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty and has subsequently played an active role in international governance of Antarctica under the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS). Almost half a century after the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty, and in the first decade of the 21st century, Antarctica is better known but is still not completely understood to science. It has been designated a natural reserve devoted to peace and science and whilst some matters, such as mining, have been put on hold, other issues present both continuing and new challenges. These challenges include the implications for Antarctica of global climate change, and indeed the continent’s role in the generation of the world’s weather; the environmental, political and ethical implications of increasing human activity in the region; and the goals of maintaining or developing the most appropriate governance mechanisms given the complex legal circumstances. There had been no contemporary analysis of Australia’s involvement in Antarctic matters until 1984 when “Australia’s Antarctic Policy Options”, edited by Professor Stuart Harris, brought together a diverse and intellectually powerful array of Australians focussed on Antarctic law, policy and the social sciences. This volume provided a benchmark by which to measure the tenor of Australia’s Antarctic agenda and as such has been of great assistance to the development of Looking South. Consequently, 20 years on Looking South explores how the issues identified have developed, what significant new issues have emerged and how Antarctica is placed in the current political Australian agenda. CONTENTS Foreword by Professor Stuart Harris, Emeritus Professor, Department of Industrial Relations, Australian National University Introduction Julia Jabour, Alan D Hemmings and Lorne K Kriwoken Flexing Australian Sovereignty in Antarctica: Pushing Antarctic Treaty Limits in the National Interest? Donald R Rothwell and Shirley V Scott Setting and Implementing the Agenda: Australian Antarctic Policy Marcus Haward, Rob Hall and Aynsley Kellow Australian Influence in the Antarctic Treaty System: An End or a Means? Stephen Powell and Andrew Jackson Enforcement and Compliance in the Australian Antarctic Territory: Legal and Policy Dilemmas Tim Stephens and Ben Boer Antarctic Science in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Future Directions for Australia’s Antarctic Science and Policy Rosemary A Sandford Emerging Issues of Australian Antarctic Tourism: Legal and Policy Directions Murray P Johnson and Lorne K Kriwoken Net Gain or Net Loss? Australia and Southern Ocean Fishing Gail L Lugten Saving Seabirds Rob Hall The Great Whale Debate: Australia’s Agenda on Whaling Julia Jabour, Mike Iliff and Erik Jaap Molenaar Emerging Issues of Australia’s Sub-Antarctic Islands: Macquarie Island and Heard Island and McDonald Islands Lorne K Kriwoken and Nick Holmes A Caution on the Benefits of Research: Australia, Antarctica and Climate Change Aynsley Kellow Globalisation’s Cold Genius and the Ending of Antarctic Isolation Alan D Hemmings Looking Forward, Looking South: An Enduring Australian Antarctic Interest Alan D Hemmings, Lorne K Kriwoken and Julia Jabour References
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