Corruption and the Securitisation of Nature


This article considers corruption in Australia in relation to the exploitation and preservation of natural resources. In doing so, it examines issues pertaining to a proposed pulp mill and the forestry industry in Tasmania, the development of mining and ports in Queensland, and international agreements pertaining to deep-sea oil drilling in the Timor Sea. Corruption relating to the environment is interpreted in this article as implying both moral corruption and/or direct corruption. Gaining unfair advantage, protecting specific sectoral interests and over-riding existing environmental regulations are all features of the types of corruption associated with the exploitation of natural resources. The result is lack of transparency, a substantial democratic deficit, and expenditure of public monies, time and resources in support of environmentally and socially dubious activities.

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Published: 2017-11-14
Pages:55 to 70
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White, R. (2017) “Corruption and the Securitisation of Nature”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(4), pp. 55-70. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i4.449.