16 Dec 2016

"Abolishing CDEP was a well-intentioned mistake and CDP is our attempt to atone for it.” So said Tony Abbott in a recent exchange with journalist Amos Aikman in the Australian. CDEP was the Community Development Employment Projects scheme, which replaced unemployment benefits in a growing...

Discussion paper

2 Dec 2016

The Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote-area Work for the Dole scheme that principally affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program is billed by the government as 'helping people find work, and allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills...

Discussion paper

2 Dec 2016

Does a world with more insecure work need to be a world of greater instability and fear? Are protectionism and nationalism appropriate responses? Are there alternative policy approaches which can bring people and communities together instead of driving them ever further apart?

With global...

Journal article

10 Feb 2015

This special edition presents selections of Prof Altman’s writing's on a range of issues: from further evaluation of the Northern Territory intervention, the failure of homelands policy, challenges in policy approaches to Closing the Gap and analysis of the ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation.


Journal article

15 Jun 2013


For over three decades, Professor Jon Altman has been one of the leading scholars on Indigenous research with a particular focus on Indigenous economies.

Through the period since the Northern Territory intervention in 2007 until the present day, his work has...

Journal article

18 Dec 2012

The Northern Territory National Emergency Response Intervention (the Intervention) of 2007 was a bold experiment by the Howard Government. The Intervention was developed quickly without comprehensive policy development based on evidence or consultation. During its five-year statutory life (ending August 2012), the absence of coherent...

Research report

30 Aug 2011

This paper has a specific focus on lessons that the authors have learnt from working with Indigenous peoples engaged in cultural and natural resource management projects in northern Australia and New South Wales.

It is based on action research currently being undertaken under the...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

The Indigenous estate, the assemblage of Indigenous lands held under a diversity of land rights and native title regimes now covers an estimated 1.7 million sq kms or 22 per cent of continental Australia. For a variety of reasons, including a restricted common property regime...

Discussion paper

24 Sep 2010

This paper is adapted from a submission in response to the Australian Government’s Consultation Paper ‘ Native Title, Indigenous Economic Development and Tax ’. The Consultation Paper mainly canvasses options for income taxation reforms with very little actually said about Indigenous economic development.


Research report

17 Jun 2010

This paper examines the changing policy rationales for income management in prescribed Indigenous communities.

The proposed welfare reforms currently before the Australian Parliament will fundamentally alter a citizenship rights-based approach to welfare, replacing it with one that is skewed towards a far higher level...

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