Rural adjustment schemes: juggling politics, welfare and markets

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2006) Rural adjustment schemes: juggling politics, welfare and markets. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 65 (2). pp. 70-82. ISSN 0313-6647

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The Commonwealth government has offered support to farmers in the form of structural or business adjustment-type schemes since the Loan (Farmers Debt Adjustment) Acts of 1935-1971. Since 1971 a series of more comprehensive rural reconstruction/adjustment schemes with a range of objectives from debt alleviation to encouraging some exits from agricultural industries, has been in place. While having little direct impact on the structure of these industries, the various schemes have been politically important and an indicator of how core values relating to agricultural production and rural life have changed. A review of the schemes shows an increasing focus on improving farm productivity and sustainability, accompanied by a discourse emphasising the need to promote the ‘farm business’, rather than to protect the ‘family farm’. On the other hand, governments have also used these schemes to deliver ‘welfare’ outputs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. 'The definitive version is available at'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2008 23:49
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013 00:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural adjustment schemes; politics; political; Australia; Australian
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2006.00483.x

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