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The economic value of wild resources to the Indigenous community of the Wallis Lake catchment

Author/editor: Gray, MC, Altman, JC, Halasz, N

Paper no: 272

Year published: 2005

There is currently a growing policy interest in the effects of the regulatory environment on the ability of Indigenous people to undertake customary harvesting of wild resources. This Discussion Paper develops and describes a methodology that can be used to estimate the economic benefits derived...

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Policy issues for the Community Development Employment Projects scheme in rural and remote Australia

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Gray, MC, Levitus, RI

Paper no: 271

Year published: 2005

One of the most important programs for Indigenous community and economic development is the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme. CDEP employs around 35,000 Indigenous Australians and accounts for over one-quarter of total Indigenous employment. This paper reviews the evidence on...

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A profit-related investment scheme for the Indigenous estate

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Dillon, MC

Paper no: 270

Year published: 2004

This paper assesses the state of commercial development and resource management on Indigenous land, particularly in remote Australia. Indigenous landowners control significant assets—over one million square kilometres of land—often with substantial resource rights and income earning potential. The...

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Regulating social problems: The pokies, the Productivity Commission and an Aboriginal community

Author/editor: Brady, M

Paper no: 269

Year published: 2004

Australia has 21 per cent of the world’s electronic gaming machines—more commonly known as poker machines. Deregulation of the industry has expanded the availability of gaming machines to an extent unprecedented in the western world. As a result there are estimated to be approximately 300,000...

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Torres Strait elections, 2000 and 2004: Changes in political leadership and style?

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 268

Year published: 2004

Torres Strait has 18 local governments, elections for which were held in March of both 2000 and 2004 in conjunction with other local government elections in Queensland. Elections were also held at these times for additional positions on two regional representative bodies for Torres Strait, the...

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Mapping Indigenous Educational Participation

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Hunter, B, Schwab, RG

Paper no: 267

Year published: 2004

Schwab and Sutherland (forthcoming) present a spatial analysis of the distribution of Indigenous education participation across Australia. Amongst their main findings is the marked effect of geographic isolation on participation. We extend this analysis by relating other Indigenous and non-...

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Indigenous socioeconomic change 1971–2001: A historical perspective

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

Paper no: 266

Year published: 2004

This paper examines trends across a number of socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous Australians from the 1967 referendum to the present, using four Censuses of Population and Housing carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. It reports on outcomes for...

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