The centralisation of regional land transport in New South Wales and prospects for change in Australia

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    Abstract

    The colonies of Australia built land transport to enable production and export of agricultural products to Britain. Railways were built to focus commerce on the colonial, later state, capital cities. Administration of roads and railways has been centralised in the state capitals, despite the increasing influence of the Commonwealth (national) Government since federation in 1901. Centralisation has been facililtated by the administrative structure of government owned and operated railways, and a very fragmented system of local government. The rise of road transport has seen some large organisations emerge outside the state capitals, but the industry remains highly dispersed. These observations are used to extend application of World System Theory toward explanation for the continuing weakness of regional institutions in transport administration and for difficulties being encountered in development of sustainable transport systems. The paper concludes with some discussion about possibilities for regionalisation of transport policy and administration amid debate about the future of the federal system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication30th Australasian Transport Research Forum
    EditorsGeoff Rose, Jenny Morris
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherAustralasian Transport Research Forum
    Pages1-13
    Number of pages13
    Volume11
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAustralasian Transport Research Forum - Melbourne, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 25 Sep 200727 Sep 2007

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    ConferenceAustralasian Transport Research Forum
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period25/09/0727/09/07

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