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Convergence and Divergence in the Australian Space Economy

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Australia's space economy has changed rapidly since the 1970s through processes of globalisation, economic restructuring and demographic change. Trends in population distribution and patterns of employment and investment in economic activity highlight both spatial diffusion and concentration. Migration to ‘sun belt’ regions and suburban growth in the mega metro regions is creating population-led demand for production and services, thus creating investment growth and new employment in some consumer-oriented economic activities. However many internationally linked and national market serving economic functions are increasingly concentrated in the two largest cities at strategically located old and new nodes of agglomeration. No longer can population growth be equated directly with increased economic activity, and there are significant spatial mismatches between the outcomes of demographic and economic processes across the nation's cities and regions.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography and Environmental Science, and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia., 2: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Department of Geographical Sciences and Planning, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4072, Australia., 3: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland 4001, Australia.

Publication date: 1998-07-01

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