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Corruption and the Securitisation of Nature


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White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 2017 , 'Corruption and the Securitisation of Nature' , International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 6, no. 4 , pp. 55-70 , doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i4.449.

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This article considers corruption in Australia in relation to the exploitation and preservation of natural resources. In doing so, it examines issues pertaining to a proposed pulp mill and the forestry industry in Tasmania, the development of mining and ports in Queensland, and international agreements pertaining to deep-sea oil drilling in the Timor Sea. Corruption relating to the environment is interpreted in this article as implying both moral corruption and/or direct corruption. Gaining unfair advantage, protecting specific sectoral interests and over-riding existing environmental regulations are all features of the types of corruption associated with the exploitation of natural resources. The result is lack of transparency, a substantial democratic deficit, and expenditure of public monies, time and resources in support of environmentally and socially dubious activities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:White, R
Keywords: corruption relating to the environment, state-corporate crime, environmental security, securitisation of nature, forestry, mining
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology * Crime and Justice Research Centre
ISSN: 2202-7998
DOI / ID Number: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i4.449
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© The Author(s) 2017. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

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