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First Nations Regional and National Representation: Aligning Local Decision Making in NSW with Closing the Gap and the proposed Indigenous Voice

Author/editor: Dreise, T, Markham, F, Lovell, M & Wighton, A

Paper no: 141

Year published: 2021

Recent shifts in national policies have resulted in questions about how established regional forms of representation, such as those involved in NSW’s Local Decision Making initiative, will be aligned with new policy priorities and processes. This paper seeks to clarify the terrain of competing and...

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30 years on: Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations remain unimplemented

Author/editor: T. Anthony, K. Jordan, T. Walsh, F. Markham, M. Williams

Paper no: 140

Year published: 2021

This paper outlines concerns with the 2018 Deloitte Access Economics review of the implementation of the 339 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC). Here, we update a statement produced by Jordan et al. in December 2018, which argued that due to its...

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Cultural burning in New South Wales: Challenges and opportunities for policy makers and Aboriginal peoples

Author/editor: B. Williamson

Paper no: 139

Year published: 2021

The Independent Inquiry into the New South Wales (NSW) experience of the 2019–20 summer bushfires revealed that in NSW, Aboriginal people have not been adequately supported to pursue cultural land management opportunities, including cultural burning. The NSW Government accepted all recommendations...

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Support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament: Evidence from opinion research since 2017

Author/editor: F. Markham and W. Sanders

Paper no: 138

Year published: 2020

The Uluru Statement from the Heart, produced by the National Constitutional Convention in May 2017, contained a major proposal for reform: the alteration of the constitution to establish a First Nations Voice to Parliament. When the Turnbull Government formally responded to this proposition in...

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Language use is connected to indicators of wellbeing: Evidence from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2014– 15

Author/editor: Y. Dinku, F. Markham, D. Venn, D. Angelo, J. Simpson, C. O’Shannessy, J. Hunt and T. Dreise

Paper no: 137

Year published: 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have repeatedly asserted that individuals, families and communities can achieve better life outcomes if they maintain or develop knowledge and use of Indigenous languages. However, the evidence that rigorously quantifies the relationship between the...

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Measuring the social impact of income management in the Northern Territory: An updated analysis

Author/editor: J.R. Bray

Paper no: 136

Year published: 2020

Income management policies have been in place in the Northern Territory since 2007. These policies limit how recipients of government income support payments can spend a proportion of these funds. The policies were initially directed at Indigenous Australians who remain the major group on the...

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Trends in social security receipt among Indigenous Australians: Evidence from household surveys 1994–2015

Author/editor: D Venn, N.Biddle & W Sanders

Paper no: 135

Year published: 2020

This paper uses data from National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys to examine trends in social security receipt among the Indigenous population between 1994 and 2014/15 as well as documenting the declining receipt of Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) wages. In non...

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