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Equality and difference arguments in Australian Indigenous affairs: Examples from income support and housing

Working Paper 38 / 2008


This paper explores the complex and never-ending dialectic between equality and difference in Australian Indigenous affairs. It begins with examples from debates over the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the income security system in the 1960s and 1970s, and then explores Noel Pearson’s contributions on this topic in the early 2000s, with his advocacy of a less ‘pa