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The Australian National University

2001

Document: Discussion Paper

The population of Mutitjulu has grown substantially and at a rate above the regional average since the community was established in 1985. There have been several counts of the population since then, and five of these are presented in sequence to chart the growth in numbers. Overall, they indicate an increase in the usually resident population from 140 in 1986 to 385 in 2000. This represents an annual rate of growth of 12.5 per cent, which is far above the rate of 3.1 per cent per annum recorded for the wider central Australian region.

Document: Discussion Paper

Noel Pearson has recently argued that inclusion in a 'passive' welfare system, over the last thirty years, has been to the detriment of Aboriginal society. This paper approaches the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the social security system from a slightly different perspective, while taking seriously Pearson's concerns.

Document: Discussion Paper

Aboriginal lawyer, activist and social commentator Noel Pearson has recently argued that the current mode of delivery of welfare services to Aboriginal people is deeply antithetical to their interests and wellbeing. Central to his scheme for policy change and improved welfare outcomes are two core propositions.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recently published annual estimates of Indigenous labour force status for the period 1994-2000 based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Considerable interest surrounds these for two reasons:

Document: Discussion Paper

In recent years, Torres Strait Islanders have made a number of calls for greater governmental autonomy within the Australian federal system. This paper examines a number of these calls and government responses to them. It observes that progress towards greater autonomy has been slow and difficult and relates this to unresolved issues pertaining to three underlying analytic questions: from whom, for whom and for or over what is autonomy being sought?

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This discussion paper presents the results from the second year (Stage Two) of the Kuranda community case study for the project on Indigenous families and the welfare system. Twenty-nine key reference people were interviewed about the factors influencing the delivery of welfare income by government to Indigenous families for the care of children.

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In 1998, CAEPR commenced research for the Children and Welfare Project, as negotiated with the Indigenous Policy Unit (IPU) of the Department of Family and Community Services (DFACS). The project aims to provide a longitudinal study into the factors influencing the service delivery of social security income support payments to Indigenous families for the care of their children.

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Australia's financial system is undergoing a period of substantial structural change. A number of interrelated factors are implicated: changes in the competitive forces within the sector, the introduction of new technology, and changing consumer demands. While these changes may have had positive impacts on most consumers, they have had a number of negative impacts, particularly for low-income consumers of financial services and for people located in rural and remote communities.

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This paper considers the implications of changes in the technological and regulatory environment in the telecommunications industry in Australia for Indigenous Australians living in remote and rural areas. This group is particularly vulnerable to falling on the wrong side of the 'digital divide' because of their geographical location and their low socioeconomic status.