DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA: DRAFT REPORT TO AUSTRALIA21

DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA: DRAFT REPORT TO AUSTRALIA21

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At the start of the 21st century Northern Australia has a simple economy based primarily around extractive and primary industries and tourism. There is rudimentary infrastructure outside the largest towns and the environment is superficially intact including numerous rivers that run unfettered to the sea and a near-continuous cover of native vegetation. The human population is small. More than 20% or the population is Indigenous many of whom have abysmal levels of health, education, housing, personal safety and economic independence but who maintain strong cultural connections with their land.

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