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Australian National University (2013)

Playing for sheep stations : a discourse analysis of wild dog management and control policy in New South Wales, Australia

Marshall, Penelope Margaret

Titre : Playing for sheep stations : a discourse analysis of wild dog management and control policy in New South Wales, Australia

Auteur : Marshall, Penelope Margaret

Université de soutenance : Australian National University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2013

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This thesis challenges the constitutive and taken-for-granted assumptions of the current dominant administrative rationalist discourse of wild dog management and control (WMDC) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It asks : To what extent can conflicts over WDMC in NSW be understood in terms of contending discourses and what does that imply for policy legitimacy ? It isolates the storylines that emerged from substantial empirical research and examines, if and how, these storylines contributed to the dominant discourse of administrative rationalism. From the beginning of white settlement of NSW, the State and farm families worked in concert to achieve the eradication of wild dogs and dingoes. From the 1960s, however, a significant discursive turn occurred in WDMC. This occurred as a result of the contending discourses of environmentalism, ecological science, animal welfare and biosecurity. These discourses collectively afforded new meanings to dingoes, wild dogs and WDMC. Concurrently, the State drove this discursive turn through a discourse of administrative rationalism. From 1995 until 2011, a period of successive NSW Labor Governments, the State further consolidated this discursive approach. It reified ’experts’ and legislatively empowered public land managers to inform, shape and promulgate the dominant discourse of WDMC through the promotion of a ’best practice’ model. Within this model the individual knowledges and experiences of farm families of WDMC were subject to empirical measurement, the interpretations of public land managers and the corroboration of continuing ecological studies.

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