Environmental justice is a concept used in the United States to describe and analyse environmental politics. That concept also has application outside the country of its origin. In Australia the case study of a dispute between residents, industry and government in the town of Port Kembla provides an example of how environmental justice can be given specific meaning in a local context. Observations of the ‘politics’ of an environmental dispute are made.
This article was originally published as Arcioni, E and Mitchell, G, Environmental Justice in Australia: When the RATS became IRATE, Environmental Politics, 14(3), June 2005, 363-379. Copyright Taylor & Francis. Original journal available here.