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Journey without end: Reconciliation between Australia's Indigenous and settler peoples

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 237

Year published: 2002

This paper examines the history of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) in Australia from 1991 to 2001 and argues that reconciliation between Australia's Indigenous and settler peoples was never likely to be achieved in that time frame. Reconciliation, it argues, will be a matter of many...

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Indigenous residential treatment programs for drug and alcohol problems: Current status and options for improvement

Author/editor: Brady, M

Paper no: 236

Year published: 2002

Commonwealth-funded residential rehabilitation programs for Indigenous problem drinkers or drug users were established in the 1970s as community-controlled organisations that were separate from Aboriginal Medical Services and independent of State drug and alcohol units. Structural and political...

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Some competition and consumer issues in the Indigenous visual arts industry

Author/editor: Altman, JC, Hunter, B, Ward, S

Paper no: 235

Year published: 2002

This paper focuses on how competition and consumer protection issues might be relevant to the Indigenous visual arts industry. The structure of the industry is complex: the majority of producers reside in remote localities; there are a variety of functional levels; the industry encompasses both the...

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Indigenous community stores in the 'frontier economy': some competition and consumer issues

Author/editor: McDonnell, S, Martin, D

Paper no: 234

Year published: 2002

This paper examines key competition and consumer issues faced by Aboriginal people in remote Aboriginal communities, with particular reference to the provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA). The research was commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and...

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Jurisdictional devolution: Towards an effective model for Indigenous community self-determination

Author/editor: Smith, D

Paper no: 233

Year published: 2002

Over a decade ago the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody concluded that the essence of self-determination is the devolution of political and economic power to Indigenous communities. Self-determination was...

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Autonomy and the Community Development Employment Projects scheme

Author/editor: Arthur, W

Paper no: 232

Year published: 2002

There is a tendency to view the CDEP scheme as unsuccessful when measured in predominantly economic terms, and in particular against its ability to reduce welfare dependence by reducing unemployment. However, it can be suggested that the scheme is quite successful in non-economic terms, as it...

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Population futures in the Australian desert, 2001-2016

Author/editor: Taylor, J

Paper no: 231

Year published: 2002

A proposal to establish a Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), focused on Alice Springs, has recently been submitted. Fundamental to any such proposal is an understanding of population dynamics in the desert region, because demographic information provides for assessment of the...

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