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Ballot box infidelity : the political failure of environmentalism?

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Gates, Sally Patricia Ann (2008) Ballot box infidelity : the political failure of environmentalism? Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This study seeks to discover why public opinion on such environmental issues as the
logging of old growth forests and the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania is not reflected in
voting behaviour. Depending on which survey one consults, somewhere between 50 and
90 per cent of Australians oppose current forestry practices in Tasmanian forests,
although fewer than 1 in 8 of those people actually voted for the only party with the
stated objective of changing those practices in the 2007 Federal Election. Conversely, 7
out of 8 people voted for a political party that advocated no change to the status quo. In
regard to the Gunns proposed pulp mill, to be sited in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania,
opinion polls demonstrated strong opposition to the mill right up to the 2007 Federal
Election, but again, the one party with the stated objective of stopping the mill received
on average only 10 per cent of the overall vote. The purpose of this study is to explain
why voting behaviour does not more closely follow public opinion on such
environmental issues. The study specifically examines the pulp mill controversy and the
2007 Federal Election, and utilises interview data obtained from a politically-astute
cohort of Tasmanians, as measured by their active participation on one side or other of
the pulp mill debate.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Voting research, Australia Parliament, Pulp mills, Environmentalism
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2009. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 00:13
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:53
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