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ISSUES IN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT*

ISSUES IN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT* THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS VOL. 34 AUGUST 1990 NO. 2 BRIAN S. FISHER and SALLY THORPE Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra, ACT 2601 In this paper, we wish to explore four questions about environmental management and Australia’s resources. First, what are the issues that we face in resource management over the next 10 years? Second, what have economists said and what tools do we have to handle those questions? Third, how good are we at selling our story? Fourth, what else needs to be done? In other words, how do we complement the tool kit we use as economists to deal with these issues? Relative to its population, Australia is richly endowed with natural resources. We have a comparative advantage in the exploitation of our natural resources, with almost two-thirds of our export earnings coming from the natural resource industries. Because of this, because Australia is a wealthy society and because of the growing public interest in conservation, environmental management issues will be far more important in the 1990s than they have been to date. The questions and issues involved are not simple. For example, should we lock up the mineral resources in Kakadu http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics Wiley

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1990 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1364-985X
eISSN
1467-8489
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8489.1990.tb00695.x
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Abstract

THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS VOL. 34 AUGUST 1990 NO. 2 BRIAN S. FISHER and SALLY THORPE Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra, ACT 2601 In this paper, we wish to explore four questions about environmental management and Australia’s resources. First, what are the issues that we face in resource management over the next 10 years? Second, what have economists said and what tools do we have to handle those questions? Third, how good are we at selling our story? Fourth, what else needs to be done? In other words, how do we complement the tool kit we use as economists to deal with these issues? Relative to its population, Australia is richly endowed with natural resources. We have a comparative advantage in the exploitation of our natural resources, with almost two-thirds of our export earnings coming from the natural resource industries. Because of this, because Australia is a wealthy society and because of the growing public interest in conservation, environmental management issues will be far more important in the 1990s than they have been to date. The questions and issues involved are not simple. For example, should we lock up the mineral resources in Kakadu

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The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource EconomicsWiley

Published: Aug 1, 1990

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