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There are many examples across the country of successful development practice in Indigenous communities.  The problem is that this practice is ad-hoc, dependent on a small number of experienced practitioners, and generally occurring under the radar of government support and academic enquiry. We need to be evaluating this practice and to be capturing evidence of […]

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Governance in Aboriginal settlements in desert Australia is changing at an unprecedented rate.  Aboriginal leaders and community managers describe the change as bewildering, with ever-revolving agents and agencies and increasing quantities of administration. Governments are preoccupied with finding linear ‘solutions’ to new conceptualisations of the ‘problem’ and packaging these for top-down implementation. However, governance in […]

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Home ownership on remote settlements is a disputed area, largely due to the blanket imposition of associated land tenure reforms.  In some settlements, particularly those in Queensland and NSW, there is evidence of families who want to buy their own homes and who have the resources to afford the repayments.  For those families that aspire to it, […]

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Remote Indigenous settlements in Australia operate in an extreme economic context, arising from limited economic opportunities, the small size of settlements and large distances between them, the lack of human and institutional capital, and the high level of mobility between and within settlements. Where Australian townships and developing communities overseas are generally underpinned by a […]

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Practising Self-Determination: Participation in Planning and Local Governance in Discrete Indigenous Settlements: The principle and policy of self-determination holds that Aboriginal people should have the right to pursue a lifestyle of their choosing and to have control over their interactions with the wider society. Self-determination policy has been in place at a federal level since […]

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