Globalization and the Northern Territory Intervention

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Globalization, a contested concept among leading theorists in its definition, chronology, and measurement of effects, is almost certainly of a multidimensional nature if such theorists’ perspectives are all taken equally into consideration. The broad phenomenon of globalization can therefore be scrutinised more closely by separation and analysis of individual dimensions, such as its political, economic, cultural and ecological dimensions. This approach, while allowing for a more focused examination of the causes and effects of globalization within a single dimension, serves to highlight the interconnectedness of each dimension. The following essay will expose the complex interconnection between the political, economic and cultural…show more content…
The political dimension of globalization is evident in the harnessing of neoliberal ideology to enforce and justify sanctions upon Indigenous communities within the Northern Territory (Craig & Porter, 2006; Scrimgeour, 2007). Several of the more contested components of the Northern Territory Intervention were born of think-tank publications, which set this neoliberal agenda (Scrimgeour, 2007). Neoliberalism is fostered by a global network of think-tanks, which are underwritten by corporate sponsors and bring elitist ideals into the mainstream and popular opinion (Scrimgeour, 2007). Australia’s major think-tanks are the Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) and the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), both of which receive major funding from mining companies (Scrimgeour, 2007). Such think-tanks, promoting neoliberal ideals of deregulation, liberalization, and privatisation of the market and public assets, as well as supporting the dismantling of the welfare state, have considerable influence on the ideology of the Government in forming policy (Scrimgeour, 2007). From 2000 to 2004, the IPA published 33 articles on Indigenous matters, most of which promoted the idea that previous Indigenous policies of land rights and
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