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The effect of the development of secondary industries on the rural labour supply in Tasmania.

posted on 2023-05-27, 16:28 authored by Pitchford, J D(John David), 1932-
Productive activity may be grouped according to the nature of its output into primary, secondary, and tertiary activity. Primary activities include rural and mining industries, and cover all those activities which are concerned with the production and extraction of raw materials of all kinds: Secondary activity covers all lines of manufacturing, and tertiary activity takes in those industries which are neither primary nor secondary, and includes such industries as commerce, trade, transport and communication\ amusements and education. The results of population censuses in many countries have established that in growing economies with rising real national incomes there has been a decline in the importance of primary relative to secondary and tertiary industries as a field for employment. In the words of AG.B: Fisher : \" ... we may say that in every progressive economy there has been a steady shift of employment and investment from the essential 'primary' activities without whose products life in even its most primitive forms would be impossible to secondary activities of all kinds and to a still greater extent into tertiary production.\" It is this phenomenon which we shall study with two differences. First we shall not use the classification \"primary and secondary\" to any great extent but shall work with the classes \"rural and secondary\". Rural activities are generally deemed to include agricultural pastoral and horticultural pursuits. The majority of rural activities are concerned with the production of raw materials for certain foodstuffs fibres and certain by-products such as leather. Rural and farming are for our purposes interchangeable terms. Primary differs from rural in that it includes mining hunting and fishing forestry and certain other non-farming activities. Secondly we shall not deal specifically with the shift of employment towards tertiary industries but shall concentrate on the shift away from primary industries."


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