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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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Local governments and Indigenous interests in Australia’s Northern Territory

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 285

Year published: 2006

Australia’s Northern Territory has three categories of local government referred to as municipal, community government and association councils. This paper explores the historical development of these three categories of local governing body since Northern Territory self-government in 1978. Through...

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Mãori land and development finance

Author/editor: Linkhorn, C

Paper no: 284

Year published: 2006

This paper examines issues connected with the availability of finance to develop Mãori land and the use of Mãori land as security for loans, using two case studies. The paper concludes with some remarks about the New Zealand situation that might be relevant and of interest to those working with...

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Population and diversity: Policy implications of emerging Indigenous demographic trends

Author/editor: Taylor, J

Paper no: 283

Year published: 2006

There is a compelling need for fresh perspective on the policy implications of Indigenous demographic trends. Current frameworks for considering the structural situation of Indigenous peoples are increasingly focused on State and Territory jurisdictional levels. While this may ease access to data...

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Views from the top of the ‘quiet revolution’: Secretarial perspectives on the new arrangements in Indigenous affairs

Author/editor: Gray, W, Sanders, WG

Paper no: 282

Year published: 2006

In the latter months of 2005 we interviewed eleven members of the Commonwealth Government’s Secretaries Group on Indigenous Affairs about their experiences of the new arrangements in Indigenous affairs since July 2004. This paper reports on the findings from those interviews under ten subheadings...

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Kids, skidoos and caribou: The Junior Canadian Ranger program as a model for re-engaging Indigenous Australian youth in remote areas

Author/editor: Schwab, RG

Paper no: 281

Year published: 2006

The social and educational disengagement of Indigenous youth, who see education and training as irrelevant to their lives and experiences, is a looming crisis for many Indigenous communities in remote Australia. This paper is an exploration of a youth program in Canada, the Junior Canadian Rangers...

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Being a good senior manager in Indigenous community governance: Working with public purpose and private benefit

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 280

Year published: 2006

This paper seeks to understand the role of being a senior manager in Indigenous community governance, particularly though not exclusively in remote Aboriginal communities. It argues against the tendency of analysts and would-be reformers of Indigenous community governance to focus on the competence...

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