Farm and quarry or Smart State? Queensland's economy since 1989

Salisbury, Chris (2011) Farm and quarry or Smart State? Queensland's economy since 1989. Queensland Review, 18 2: 145-151. doi:10.1375/qr.18.2.145

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Author Salisbury, Chris
Title Farm and quarry or Smart State? Queensland's economy since 1989
Journal name Queensland Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2049-7792
Publication date 2011-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1375/qr.18.2.145
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 145
End page 151
Total pages 7
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract A generation ago, Queensland's economy relied heavily — as did the standing of the state government — upon a booming resources sector, a bountiful agricultural sector and a still-growing tourist market. ‘Rocks and crops’ (to use a favourite phrase of Peter Beattie's) were mainstays of the state's economic activity, and had long underpinned the government's investment, development and budgetary planning. While to a large extent the same might be said today, critical changes have taken place in the local economy in the intervening period, cultivated by successive state administrations with the express aim of diversifying an economy that was overwhelmingly geared towards primary production. Now it can be argued that Queensland's economy has metamorphosed into a modern, knowledge-based economy that demands greater emphasis on technology, expertise and innovation — what Premier Peter Beattie liked to promote with his catch-all phrase ‘Smart State’. But how effective was this push for diversification in renewing the state's economic foundations? Since the advent of the Goss Labor government in late 1989, has Queensland really moved from a ‘farm and quarry’ to a ‘smart’ economy?
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Edition: Labor in Queensland, 1989–2011

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