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The Western Australian State Sustainability Strategy: Is change happening?

Newman, P. (2003) The Western Australian State Sustainability Strategy: Is change happening? In: International Sustainability Conference, 17 - 19 September, Fremantle, Western Australia

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Sustainability encapsulates a different approach to government that is still being worked out around the world. Because it is a global discourse it is possible to do something quite innovative on a world scale in a small place like Western Australia. The opportunity provided by a new government with a commitment to sustainability, has been taken. A comprehensive assessment of 42 areas of government has been conducted, and after a two year process the State Sustainability Strategy has been completed. This paper sets out the basis of the State Sustainability Strategy, how it has been accepted and what is being done to implement it. It asks the fundamental question: is there any real change occurring towards sustainability in WA? Using Patsy Healy’s three levels of policy change –language, thinking and culture – it suggests that substantial moves along the first two levels have occurred but not the third.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
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