Cinderella State

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Cinderella State is a term used in Australian politics by people who regard their state to be financially or politically disadvantaged, neglected, or unrecognised, in comparison to other states.

Public figures from every Australian state have been recorded as regarding their own state as the "Cinderella State".

  • In Western Australia the term, and its implications were expressed in the 1933 Secession proposal, on the basis of Western Australia's mineral wealth and perceived neglect by the rest of Australia.[1][2]
  • Tasmania is regarded as a Cinderella State on the basis of its small size and perceived neglect by the rest of Australia.[3]
  • Queensland is sometimes said to be the Cinderella State on the basis of its mineral and agricultural wealth, and perceived neglect by the rest of Australia.[4]
  • New South Wales has also been called the Cinderella State on the basis of its high population but a share of federal resources which is not at the same proportion.[5]
  • Victoria has also been called the Cinderella State on the basis of a perception of a disproportionately low share of federal resources.[6]
  • South Australia has been called the Cinderella State on the basis of disproportionately high unemployment.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Western Australia : the Cinderella state of the Commonwealth, Barclay & Sharland, 1920, retrieved 9 April 2013 
  2. ^ Thomas, Athol (1978-10-10), "Sunshine and space make the Cinderella State an exciting place", Bulletin (Sydney) (10 Oct 1978): 65–67+, ISSN 0007-4039 
  3. ^ "The Cinderella state.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 29 May 1918. p. 4. Retrieved 9 April 2013. "The Cinderella state.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 11 October 1926. p. 4 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "QUEENSLAND IS TREATED AS A CINDERELLA STATE.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 4 February 1948. p. 1. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "THE CINDERELLA STATE.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: National Library of Australia). 17 July 1931. p. 1-. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Victoria becomes 'Cinderella State'.". The Age (Victoria: Google News). 9 April 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hauling the Cinderella state back into the race". The Australian (Australia: News Limited). 20 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Australia's Cinderella State Banks on Mining". Resource Investor (Chicago: Resource Investor). 9 May 2005.