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Emerging strategic issues in native title:future political and policy challenges

Author/editor: Dillon,MC

Paper no: 292

Year published: 2017

In the 25 years since the Mabo High Court decision, native title claims, litigation, determinations, and land use agreements have proliferated with the result that native title is now an undisputed component in the Australian nation's core institutional framework. This has been a remarkable...

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Experimental governance in Australian Indigenous affairs: From Coombs to Pearson via Rowse and the competing principles

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 291

Year published: 2014

The competing principles framework for analysing Australian Indigenous affairs is revisited, starting with Rowse on 'the Coombs experiment'. Rowse rehabilitates this term from pejorative critics, arguing that all government policy in Indigenous affairs is experimental. The task becomes one of...

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Lessons from a History of Beer Canteens and Licensed Clubs in Indigenous Australian Communities

Author/editor: Brady, M

Paper no: 290

Year published: 2014

The idea that alcoholic drinks should be made available in licensed canteens or clubs in discrete Aboriginal communities has a contentious history in Australian public policy. This discussion paper aims to provide some historical depth to the latest resurgence of interest in the idea. The paper...

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Ideology, Evidence and Competing Principles in Australian Indigenous Affairs: From Brough to Rudd via Pearson and the NTER

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 289

Year published: 2009

This paper tracks the recent rise of ideology and evidence discourse as a way of describing good and bad Indigenous affairs policy. Expressing dissatisfaction with this discourse, it suggests a slightly more complex analytic way of thinking about Indigenous affairs involving three competing...

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Indigenous Participation in Regional Labour Markets, 2001-06

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Taylor, J, Yap, M

Paper no: 288

Year published: 2008

This paper examines the extent to which Indigenous Australians have shared in the large expansion of the Australian workforce that is revealed by a comparison of 2001 and 2006 census results. It considers whether this is reflected in changes to regional patterns of Indigenous labour force status,...

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How realistic are the prospects for 'closing the gaps' in socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous Australians?

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Biddle, N, Hunter, B

Paper no: 287

Year published: 2008

‘Practical reconciliation’ and more recently ‘closing the gaps’ have been put forward as frameworks on which to base and then evaluate policies to address Indigenous disadvantage. This paper uses census-based analysis at the national level to examine trends in Indigenous wellbeing since 1971. There...

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The environmental significance of the Indigenous estate: Natural resource management as economic development in remote Australia

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Buchanan, G, Larsen, L

Paper no: 286

Year published: 2007

This discussion paper explores the geography of the Indigenous estate, its environmental significance, and some of the innovative approaches adopted by Indigenous landholders to protect the natural and cultural values of their land. A number of maps are used to explore the environmental...

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