The power of data in Aboriginal hands

21 January 2013

This paper explores the critical role that data can play in development scenarios when Aboriginal people are in control of collecting, managing and interpreting data. It was first presented as a pleniary paper at the conference Social Science Perspectives on the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, held at The ANU on 11–12 April 2011.

At the time of writing, Peter Yu was Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd, Broome and a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Peter Yu, 2013, The power of data in Aboriginal hands, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, viewed 29 November 2015, <>.

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