Special Investigation – Australia’s Antarctica

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Special Investigation - Australia's Antarctica


  Last updated August 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm


Most Australians are unaware that we claim a massive 42% of the Antarctic continent as our sovereign territory. But what does that actually mean? Do we own it? Can we dictate what happens there? Can we profit from resources in our sector? And just what are we doing claiming so much of Antarctic for ourselves? What are we doing in Antarctica and why are we there at all?

There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about what Australia claims in Antarctica and what we are doing down there. Associate Prof Paul Willis conducted this special investigation to explore exactly what is going on in Australia’s Antarctica. He talks to experts from the Australian Antarctic Division including Nick Gales, Gillian Slocum, Mark Curran and Rob King as well as Tony Press from Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

Special Investigation is a video series by Dr Paul Willis that sheds light on on-going issues in science. 

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