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Document: Topical Issue

This CAEPR Topical Issue contains the collected works of academics engaged in the examination of The Forrest review: creating parity which was commissioned by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott to examine Indigenous training and employment in Australia. Each work represents the author's considered specialist disciplinary perspective informed by on-the-ground experience.

Document: Topical Issue

Relatively low rates of employment are one of the reasons for many of the poor economic and socialoutcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians. Increases in the rate of Indigenous employment would result in significant economic gains to the individuals who move into employment, and their families and communities, to the government who would receive higher tax revenues and have lower social security outlays, and the economy as a whole via the increases in the effective labour supply.

Document: Research Monograph

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the major policy innovations of the early 21st century in Australia, representing a new way of delivering services to people with a disability and those who care for them. It has the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, giving them greater certainty and control over their lives. There is a higher incidence of disability in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population than in the Australian population more generally, so the NDIS is of particular relevance to Indigenous Australians.

Document: Discussion Paper

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 characterising changing patterns of government experiment since the Commonwealth became involved in Indigenous affairs on a national scale after the 1967 constitutional alteration referendum. This paper develops a two-phase characterisation, changing from the milennium.

Document: CAEPR Seminar

This paper reflects on three aspects of the current political situation of Indigenous peoples in the so-called CANZUS countries (Canada, Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the United States).

Document: Working Paper

'Engaging Indigenous Economy: A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Jon Altman’s Writings 1979–2014' is published in conjunction with the conference ‘Engaging Indigenous economy: Debating diverse approaches’, convened at the Australian National University, 4–5 September 2014. The publication and conference coincide with Jon Altman’s retirement from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), where he was foundation director from 1990 to 2010.

Document: Working Paper

The number of Indigenous entrepreneurs (self-employed people) has increased by a factor of around three over the past two decades. However, little is known about demand for Indigenous labour and the relationship of Indigenous workers to their employers. Even less is known about Indigenous businesses. Supply Nation has adopted a definition of such businesses that requires that Indigenous stakeholders hold majority equity, but some researchers have argued that this definition should be relaxed to include businesses in which Indigenous people hold only half the equity in the enterprise.