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The participation of Aboriginal people in the Australian labour market

Author/editor: Daly, A

Paper no: 6

Year published: 1991

This paper is the first of two that examine the participation and employment of Aborigines in the formal labour market using data from the 1986 Population Census. The labour force participation rate is a concept of interest because it is indicative of the degree of integration into the formal...

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The CDEP scheme: Administrative and policy issues

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Sanders, WG

Paper no: 5

Year published: 1991

The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme is a program whereby Aboriginal community councils receive grants roughly equivalent to the social security entitlements of community members which are used as wages for the creation of jobs. It has been operating since 1977, during which...

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Indigenous economic development in the Torres Strait: Possibilities and limitations

Author/editor: Arthur, W

Paper no: 4

Year published: 1991

The Torres Strait is an archipelago populated predominantly by Torres Strait Islanders, officially recognised by the Federal Government as Australia's other Indigenous minority. At present, the Strait's economy is characterised by significant public and private service sectors, and by a productive...

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Aboriginal socio-economic status: Are there any evident changes?

Author/editor: Tesfaghiorghis, H, Altman, JC

Paper no: 3

Year published: 1991

As the relative poverty of Aboriginal people in the Australian context is increasingly gaining recognition, equity issues between Aboriginals and other Australians have become matters of urgent concern for policy formation and implementation. This paper provides a statistical overview of the...

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Geographic variations in the economic status of Aboriginal people: A preliminary investigation

Author/editor: Tesfaghiorghis, H

Paper no: 2

Year published: 1991

An exploratory analysis of the 1986 Census shows considerable heterogeneity in Aboriginal spatial distribution as well as in socio-economic status. While the majority of Aborigines reside in urban areas, a significant proportion, 34 per cent, still lived in rural areas, in contrast to 14 per cent...

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From exclusion to dependence: Aborigines and the welfare state in Australia

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Sanders, WG

Paper no: 1

Year published: 1991

The paper examines the changing position of Aboriginal people in relation to the Australian welfare state since European settlement. It begins by outlining the regime of exclusion that survived up to the 1950s under the auspices of the broad policy of 'protection'. It then demonstrates how, with...

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