Introduction and Regional Overview
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The Australasian Region brings together people and cultures that link traditional economies to global networks and lifestyles. Diverse terrain, politics and responses typify the region. Close to Asia there are lingering ties with old European ways and cultural beliefs. The major economies of Australia and New Zealand provide the lead with development practices for lesser economies such as Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the many island nations scattered throughout the South Pacific. This complexity is not easily represented as this chapter attempts to show. Key issues relate to land ownership, mobilities within the region and the gradual dissemination of knowledge, skills and wealth. An overview of the chapters that follow concludes this overview chapter.
KeywordsIndigenous People Public Transport Aboriginal People Emission Trading Scheme Torres Strait Island People
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