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Aboriginal Community Governance on the Frontlines and Faultlines in the Black Summer Bushfires

Author/editor: Williamson, B

Paper no: 300

Year published: 2022

The 2019–20 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires were unprecedented in their size, scale, and devastation. It was widely acknowledged that the bushfires disproportionally impacted Aboriginal people both in terms of the population of people affected, and the deep impact felt as people connected to the land. Yet...

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The new policy architecture for Closing the Gap: Innovation and regression

Author/editor: M. C. Dillon

Paper no: 299

Year published: 2021

This paper describes the core elements of the new policy architecture for Closing the Gap set out in the National Partnership on Closing the Gap finalised in mid-2020. These issues are significant as Closing the Gap is the central pillar in government policy relating to Indigenous affairs. It...

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The first decade of Closing the Gap: What went wrong?

Author/editor: M. C. Dillon

Paper no: 298

Year published: 2021

This paper assesses the major reviews and assessments of the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA), the COAG agreement that established the first iteration of Closing the Gap from 2008 to 2019. Since 2008, Closing the Gap has been the Australian Government’s central policy narrative in the...

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The opinions of Indigenous Australians viewed through a population lens: The Reconciliation Barometer

Author/editor: T.Rowse

Paper no: 297

Year published: 2021

It is unavoidable that in discussions of Indigenous affairs we will refer to what Indigenous Australians think and want, but against what ‘evidence’ should we assess such representations? Since 2008 Reconciliation Australia has conducted a biennial survey, the Reconciliation Barometer, as a way to...

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Codesign in the Indigenous policy domain: Risks and opportunities

Author/editor: M.C.Dillon

Paper no: 296

Year published: 2021

Abstract In recent years, the requirement for First Nations participation through codesign has emerged as a key prerequisite of policy legitimacy in the Indigenous policy domain. In this Discussion Paper, the mainstream literature on codesign and collaborative governance is surveyed and considered...

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Observing the Strong Culture, Strong Families Program as an Innovative Indigenous Justice Program and More

Author/editor: D. Howard-Wagner and D. Evans

Paper no: 295

Year published: 2020

The purpose of this Discussion Paper is to report the observations of the Strong Culture, Strong Families program run for Aboriginal male detainees and their families in the Alexander Maconachie Centre, which is a prison and remand centre in the Australian Capital Territory. The paper aims to draw...

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Systemic Innovation in Native Title

Systemic innovation in native title

Author/editor: Dillon, M.

Paper no: 294

Year published: 2018

This paper explores the implications which flow from the fact that native title institutions comprise a complex system, or meta-system, and examines the extent and value of innovation within the native title system. It looks backwards to identify and assess a number of key innovations since the...

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