Arcadian populism
: the Country Liberal Party and self-government in the Northern Territory

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    This thesis explores the theory of Arcadianism and combines it with the practice of populism, applying both to the Country Liberal Party and its application of policy following self-government in the Northern Territory with particular emphasis on, but not limited to, land and development. The thesis introduces two further elements: invention of tradition and character or ‘imagined community’; and race, which round out the proposition that there were four elements to the CLP’s successful and enduring reign of governance in the Northern Territory. As a matter of political history, the thesis argues that CLP policies resulted in marginalisation and exclusion of the Aboriginal community from the rest of the Northern Territory population – the latter exclusively identified as ‘Territorian’ - and that this was a deliberate and direct result of the CLP’s entrenched opposition to the Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act (Cth).
    Date of Award2011
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorBill Wilson (Supervisor), Dennis Shoesmith (Supervisor) & Christine Doran (Supervisor)

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