Hobart Conference October 2005

Exploring Tasmanian Futures I:

Community, Economy and Environment.

October 15, 2005
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lecture Theatre One
Geography & Environmental Studies Building
University of Tasmania

Tasmania responding to the challenge of globalisation .....
  • Are there alternative economic models more suitable for Tasmania?
  • Can Tasmanian producers organise cooperatively to achieve greater efficiencies?
  • What long term strategies can Tasmanian growers adopt to survive in a world of free trade and globalisation?
  • Are there alternative uses for Tasmaniaís forests rather than woodchip?


Dr. Michael Towsey from the Queensland University of Technology explored an economic model that integrates economics with community and environment. His talk and powerpoint presentation, " A new economics, for people, for communities, for life" can be viewed here.

Peg Putt , Leader of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Greens, presented the Greens vision of Tasmaniaís immediate future, from her perspective as a Parliamentarian and a Green Party member.

Jake Karlyle , founding member of the Prout Institute of Australia, discussed what a decentralised cooperative socio-economic system might look like. His talk is available as pdf here.

Michael Badcock is chairman of the Australian Vegetable Growers Association and has been farming for 35 years in northern Tasmania. He described the impact that globalisation is having on farmers in Tasmania, on the local environment, and on the Tasmanian economy.

Dr. Johannes Bauer , from the University of Sydneyís Department of Rural Management, Orange, and lecturer in Applied Ecology, spoke about the changing role of forests in modern society and the need for society, industry and government to support this transition instead of fighting it. Australia, instead of being a leader in environmental management, is in danger of falling far behind its Asian neighbours.


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PIA promotes education and research into alternative social and economic futures. In particular it is dedicated to:

  • Cooperative economics
  • Self-reliant communities
  • Economic democracy through economic decentralisation & cooperative enterprises
  • Sustainable resource management
  • New definitions of economic progress

University of Tasmania - Community, Place and Change Theme Area

The Community, Place and Change theme area addresses research and teaching that advances the individual and the collective understanding of the dynamic character of different communities-of-place and communities-of-interest.


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