Australian Left Review

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Ian Barns


Last December the federal government released the final reports of the working groups which had been commissioned to spell out what 'ecologically sustainable development' might mean for Australia over the next few decades. The production of nine sectoral reports plus the collection of 'executive summaries' was the culmination of an intense and—in an Australian context—a unique process of consultation between government, business, union and conservation groups about the reconciliation of economic development and environmental conservation.