Corralling Conflict: The Politics of Australian Federal Heritage Legislation Since the 1970s

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dc.contributor.author Ashton, Paul en_US
dc.contributor.author Cornwall, Jennifer en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-20T14:37:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-20T14:37:03Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier 2005004535 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Ashton Paul and Cornwall Jennifer 2006, 'Corralling Conflict: The Politics of Australian Federal Heritage Legislation Since the 1970s', Professional Historians Association N S W Inc., vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 53-65. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1037-9851 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/1557
dc.description.abstract In August 1968, conservative National Party leader Joh Bjelke-Petersen became Premier of the state of Queensland. He referred to conservationists as these 'subversives, these friends of the dirt'. A generation later, few if any Australian politicians would have publicly attacked the environment and its supporters for fear of electoral damage. After years of major environmental battles which on occasion determined the fate of some governments, the environment had crashed through into mainstream politics. Natural and cultural heritage was firmly on local, state and federal political agendas. Heritage in Australia was also, by the 1990s, a substantial, multifaceted industry. Cultural and eco tourism generated a significant proportion of the country's gross domestic product. Along side and partially in response to industry, a heritage bureaucracy had developed. The corporatisation of heritage saw the rise in the 1980s and 1990s of a new generation of heritage professionals who attempted with varying degrees of success to place heritage assessment on a quasi-scientific footing. Perhaps their greatest achievement, in terms of cultural heritage, was gaining recognition in the 1990s for the vital importance of intangible heritage. Intangible heritage, or social value, inscribes objects and sites that cannot speak for themselves with cultural and social meanings. Since the 1980s, some more radical practitioners had been working to counteract the dominance of tangible remains of the past in determining cultural significance. This victory over empiricism, however, was in some respects to prove pyrrhic. Heritage conservation, as with some other heritage practices, was by the turn of the twenty-first century institutionally confined in its ability to represent conflict. This article charts the incorporation and corralling of heritage work at the federal level in Australia through a case study of the rise and fall of the Australian Heritage Commission. en_US
dc.publisher Professional Historians Association N S W Inc. en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://en.scientificcommons.org/33197947 en_US
dc.title Corralling Conflict: The Politics of Australian Federal Heritage Legislation Since the 1970s en_US
dc.parent Public History Review en_US
dc.journal.volume 13 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 53 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 65 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Cultural Studies Group en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 210303 en_US
dc.personcode 950370 en_US
dc.personcode 91110611 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US


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