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Document: Topical Issue


The concept of a 'Healthy Welfare Card', now renamed as the Cashless Debit Card (CDC), was a recommendation of the Forrest Review into Employment and Training (Forrest 2014).

It was seen as a development from income management which has been occurring in parts of Australia since the Northern Territory Emergency Response, when it was first introduced for Aboriginal communities there.

The CDC appears to operate a little differently from the Basics Card1 used in the Northern Territory income management program.

Document: CAEPR Seminar

"The excitement and fanfare that surrounds the opening of a new mine is never present when it finally closes" (Laurence 2006: 285).

Document: CAEPR Seminar

This seminar presents data from the 2006, 2011 and 2016 Censuses to analyse the distribution of income within the Indigenous population, and between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Particular attention is given to the geographic distribution of Indigenous incomes, poverty and inequality.

Document: Working Paper

This paper uses data from the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) to document the distribution of Indigenous students across Australian schools, as well as some of the potential effects of that distribution on literacy and numeracy outcomes.

Document: CAEPR Seminar

The presentation seeks to articulate a broader analysis of the Northern Territory intervention than is usual, drawing on the emerging literature on political settlements to analyse the interests which shape remote Indigenous policy development, and assess their salience in the lead up to the intervention. The presentation explores the intellectual ideas around the concept of 'crisis' and 'intervention' for government policy and examines the interplay between structure and agency in the genesis of the intervention, its aftermath, and into the future.

Document: CAEPR Seminar


This paper traces the discursive trajectory of rights restriction under the Northern Territory Emergency Response (the 'Intervention'), the Stronger Futures framework, and the Cashless Debit Card, exploring the interplay between evidence and the requirement that limitations on human rights be proportionate. It also examines the capacity for ongoing interventionist policy development that builds upon the NT Intervention narratives, where proponents present their policy as a 'compassionate' and 'caring' response.

Document: CAEPR Seminar

This seminar will revisit my triangular conceptual framework for Australian Indigenous policy developed a decade ago. That framew