This book explores the dynamics of change in contemporary rural and regional Australia. Each of the book's ten thematic chapters highlights and critiques a particular debate associated with recent discourse on the futures of rural and regional Australia. Chapters include an Introduction by Phil McManus and Bill Pritchard; The myths of modern agriculture: Australian rural production in the 21st century by Geoffrey Lawrence and Ian Gray; Negotiating the two-edged sword of agricultural trade liberalisation: trade policy and its protectionist discontents by Bill Pritchard; Environmental and Aboriginal issues: the emergence of new tensions in rural and regional politics by Phil McManus and Glenn Albrecht; Lopping the branches: bank branch closure and rural Australian communities by Neil Argent and Fran Rolley; The challenges for local government in the 21st century by Maurice Daly; and Concluding thoughts by Phil McManus and Bill Pritchard. The remaining chapters have been individually indexed: Crisis and conflict: shifting discourses of rural and regional Australia by Stewart Lockie; The restructuring of Australia's rural communities by Matthew Tonts; Where do people fit in the rural equation? by Fiona Haslam McKenzie; The management of government and its consequences for service delivery in regional Australia by Rolf Gerritsen; and, Regional policy and development in Australia: running out of solutions? by Andrew Beer.