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Creating a sense of 'closure': Providing confidence intervals on some recent estimates of Indigenous populations

Author/editor: Hunter, B, Dungey, MH

Paper no: 244

Year published: 2003

The 'error of closure' is the population growth that cannot be accounted for either by natural increase or by quantifiable non-demographic factors. The term is somewhat misleading: since it incorporates all unquantifiable components of the increase in a population count, it is unlikely ever to be '...

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Options for benchmarking ABS population estimates for Indigenous communities in Queensland

Author/editor: Taylor, J, Bell, M

Paper no: 243

Year published: 2003

Concerns have been expressed for some time by Indigenous community leaders, analysts, government agencies, and local service providers about the accuracy of census counts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland. Recent reclassification of these communities as Local...

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Philanthropy, non-government organisations and Indigenous development

Author/editor: Schwab, RG, Sutherland, D

Paper no: 242

Year published: 2002

This paper is an exploration of the potential opportunities and costs of linkages between philanthropic bodies, non-government organisations (NGOs), Indigenous organisations and the academy. Following an overview of the evolution of the 'Literacy for Life' project, provided as a case study of the...

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Reforming Indigenous welfare policy: Salutary lessons and future challenges for Australia from the US experience

Author/editor: Daly, A, Smith, D

Paper no: 241

Year published: 2002

Welfare reform in the USA began in the late 1980s and accelerated with the passage of the Welfare Reform Act in 1996. Welfare rolls have been cut dramatically. In contrast, welfare reform that incorporates the needs and entitlements of Indigenous Australians has only recently gained momentum and...

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Estimating the components of Indigenous population change, 1996-2001

Author/editor: Kinfu, Y, Taylor, J

Paper no: 240

Year published: 2002

Every five years, the national Census of Population and Housing provides a window on the demographic, social and economic characteristics of Australia's Indigenous population. In line with each census count of Indigenous Australians since 1971, when a question on self-identified Indigenous origins...

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Welfare and the domestic economy of Indigenous families: Policy implications from a longitudinal survey

Author/editor: Daly, A, Henry, R, Smith, D

Paper no: 239

Year published: 2002

This paper reports on a critical aspect of research findings from a three-year study conducted among Indigenous people living in and around the town of Kuranda in Northern Queensland, namely the role and impacts of welfare within the domestic economy of families. The research arose from a...

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Decentralisation, population mobility and the CDEP scheme in central Cape York Peninsula

Author/editor: Smith, B

Paper no: 238

Year published: 2002

This paper presents a case study of the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme in the Coen region of Cape York Peninsula from January 1996 to May 1997, prior to implementation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) and Spicer Reports on CDEP. During this time...

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