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Author Livingston, Kevin, 1940-

Title The wired nation continent : the communication revolution and federating Australia / K.T. Livingston
Published Melbourne ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996


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 W'PONDS  384.0994 Liv/Wnc  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Pt. 1. Cooperation and rivalry. 1. Overseas mail shipping services. 2. The intercolonial telegraph network -- Pt. 2. International dimensions. 3. Australia's overseas cable link. 4. The Pacific cable -- Pt. 3. Federalising communications. 5. Intercolonial and federation conferences. 6. The constitutional power and aftermath -- Appendix. Cable and telegraph rates, UK-eastern Australia, 1872-1902
Summary As Australians prepare to celebrate the centenary of federation, the book highlights the previously neglected theme of the uniting of the colonies and the place of telegraphic, postal, and press communication in that process. Based on extensive research carried out in all Australian mainland states and territories, this book reveals how widely communication issues were debated in the nineteenth century. It provides a historical perspective on how the Australian Government acquired its constitutional powers over telecommunications and the electronic media - major growth industries in the contemporary information society. The book also contributes to comparative communication history, and introduces the concepts of 'technological federalism' and 'technological nationalism'
The Wired Nation Continent adds much to our understanding of nineteenth-century Australian history and will be of interest to those involved in the areas of communication and culture, constitutional law, information technology, history, politics, and the electronic media
How are Australians to retain their cultural identity in a global communication environment - a wired world - in which the information superhighway eliminates national boundaries? The Wired Nation Continent: The Communication Revolution and Federating Australia provides a fresh historical slant on the contemporary communication revolution and the Australian Government's constitutional powers in this area
Analysis Constitutional law
Federal state relations
History, 1801-1900
Interstate relations
Postal service
Telegraph networks
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 206-210
Subject Federal government -- Australia -- History.
Telecommunication policy -- Australia -- History.
Telecommunication -- Australia -- History.
LC no. 97106416
ISBN 0195536339