EVENT: SOLD OUT *** Is Australia going west? Will Perth be the capital of Australia by 2050?
|SOLD OUT *** Is Australia going west? Will Perth be the capital of Australia by 2050?
A public forum with Professors Geoffrey Blainey AC and Geoffrey Bolton AO, presented by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and Faculty of Arts.
The discussion will be chaired by renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster, Geraldine Doogue.
Two of Australia’s most eminent historians, Professors Geoff Bolton and Geoff Blainey, long-time sparring partners, discuss Perth’s increasing significance on the national scene. Today Western Australia’s booming economy bankrolls the nation. Are there parallels with the past? Were there similar trends during the Western Australian gold boom of the 1890s, when the population of the colony quadrupled and thousands of the unemployed, professionals and labourers alike, fled depressed conditions in the eastern colonies. In the 1890s the vast majority of new West Australians were male. Is this the case today? And what does it mean for the future? By 2050 will Western Australia’s natural resources — its iron ore and natural gas — have generated such vast increases in population and wealth that the economic centre of the nation will have shifted west? Or will our riches have all run out?
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