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The Australian National University

The Future of Indigenous Australia: Is there a path beyond the free market or welfare dependency?

Topical Issue 9 / 2006

Abstract

In recent times, we have seen a growing public discourse, policy debates, and much media focus on the social problems faced by many remote Indigenous communities. Much blame is sheeted home to excessive welfare dependency. This perspective though, has limited explanatory power in accounting for the complexity of Indigenous marginalisation and disadvantage in Australia today, either in remote or more settled regions. A version of this paper was presented at Politics in the Pub in Sydney on 28 April 2006, and subsequently published in Arena Magazine 84, August-September 2006.

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