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- A passion for white elephants: some lessons from Australia's experience of nation building
- Evans, Richard W.
- A 'white elephant' is a magnificent, high-status possession that is not particularly productive, costs a lot to maintain, and which you cannot get rid of. Since colonial times, Australians have had a weakness for white elephants. Traditionally, these were massive, debt-funded public works schemes that were economically, environmentally or socially dubious. In recent years, our white elephants have taken on different guises, but the ruinous expense and misdirected effort remain the same. This paper explores some of the reasons for our society's historic enthusiasm for white elephants, and suggests some remedies.
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- Book chapter
- Australia under construction: nation-building past, present and future / John Butcher (ed.), pp. 49-56
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- Australia; Construction; Drought; Economics; Engineering events; History; Sporting events
- ANU E-Press and Australian New Zealand School of Government
- 9781921313776, 9781921313783
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- Copyright © 2008 ANU E Press. This chapter is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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- This book is available to download in various formats from the ANU E-press website: http://epress.anu.edu.au/auc_citation.html
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