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Costs of pollution" is a problem; that some, very major, interests promote the use of motor cars while others have no alternatives but to rely on them, never appears. " Culture becomes not an end in itself but a means to an end. The talk is of 32 GLOSSY G L O B A L I Z A T I O N "cultural diversity and economic development: The contribution cultural diversity has made to cities in their business activities and in their global links. " If cultural diversity contributes to business activity, fine; if not, in this discourse, let it melt away in the process of assimilation to the dominant culture.

The case of Sydney illuminates the interaction of a vast, continental economic scale and pressures towards spatial concentration. Rather than strengthening the multipolarity of the Australian urban system, the developments of the 1980s~increased internationalization of the Australian economy, sharp increases in foreign investment, a strong shift towards finance, real estate and producer services~contributed to a greater concentration of major economic activities and actors in Sydney. This included a loss of share of such activities and actors by Melbourne, long the center of commercial activity and wealth in Australia.

Such a labor agenda would have been in conflict with at least that part of the business agenda that focused on low wages as a criterion in the search for new sites for production. But that conflict was not one brought to the fore in the conference: it was barely mentioned. Yet the simple fact of the matter is that globalization, as we commonly use the term, helps one side and hurts the other in the inevitable tension between capital and labor. If a manufacturer can produce goods with a lower labor cost, with no equal increase in costs elsewhere and with no reduction in the selling price, the profit will be greater.

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