Discussion Papers

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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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Successful Urban Aboriginal-Driven Community Development: A Place-Based Study of Newcastle

Author/editor: Howard-Wagner, D.

Paper no: 293

Year published: 2017

This discussion paper is a sociological account of the history of successful urban Aboriginal community development by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people in the Australian city of Newcastle. It endeavours to explain the strategy that Aboriginal people in Newcastle have adopted for taking...

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Emerging strategic issues in native title:future political and policy challenges

Author/editor: Dillon,MC

Paper no: 292

Year published: 2017

In the 25 years since the Mabo High Court decision, native title claims, litigation, determinations, and land use agreements have proliferated with the result that native title is now an undisputed component in the Australian nation's core institutional framework. This has been a remarkable...

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Experimental governance in Australian Indigenous affairs: From Coombs to Pearson via Rowse and the competing principles

Author/editor: Sanders, WG

Paper no: 291

Year published: 2014

The competing principles framework for analysing Australian Indigenous affairs is revisited, starting with Rowse on 'the Coombs experiment'. Rowse rehabilitates this term from pejorative critics, arguing that all government policy in Indigenous affairs is experimental. The task becomes one of...

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