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Is Australia going West?

Bolton, G., Blainey, G. and Doogue, G. (2012) Is Australia going West? [Television] [Creative Output]

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The subtitle for this debate is ‘Will Perth be the capital of Australia by 2050?’

Sure, it’s wishful thinking – but there’s a great lineup in this 3G event. 3G because it features two great old historians, Geoffrey Bolton and Geoffrey Blainey and it’s moderated by the ABC’s Geraldine Doogue - a one time student of Bolton’s. So, two sandgropers and a Melbournian.

Western Australia is no longer one of the ‘pissant states’ as it was once described and its inhabitants , no longer a bunch of ‘bumbling bucolic cousins’ – there has been a remarkable shift in the centre of gravity – but what does this mean for the West? And what does it mean for the rest of the country?

The boom economy of the West bankrolls the nation – but is this vast wealth being squandered? Purely on the material? What monies are being spent on bulding a great cultural precinct? Where are the great philanthropists? What happens when the gas and the iron ore run out?

And is it entirely foolish to think that this country might one day shift it’s capital to the West? Well positioned as it is in relation to the powerhouses of Asia, India and eventually Africa?

All these questions are kicked around in this discussion with this country’s two pre-eminent historians before a highly appreciative audience at the University of Western Australia.

Item Type: Creative Output
InterviewerDoogue, G.
IntervieweeBolton, G.
Company Credits: ABC
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Other Information: ABC1 - Big Ideas: The smartest stuff on TV, Radio & Online
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