To support this claim, Demetrious offers three Australian case studies in which citizen activists prevailed against global corporations and ineffectual local governments: the Werribee Residents Against Toxic Dump, the Batesford and Geelong Action Group, and the Otway Ranges Environment Network
. Her interpretations of these cases are plausible and persuasive, but my internal skeptic can't quite let go of an alternative scenario whereby CEOs and their PR people do a simple cost-benefit analysis, abandon the disputes, and move their operations from Australia to the Philippines or Mexico or wherever there is no resistance.
All with an interest in the conservation of the Otways will have read with interest Nikki Parker's account (January, 2007 Habitat) of the contribution which the Otway Ranges Environment Network
(OREN) made to the campaign for the Great Otway National Park (declared December, 2005).