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Discussion paper

Consultations are beginning around the future of social security payments in remote Australia. This discussion paper assesses what has gone wrong with the existing Community Development Program (CDP), and argues that Australia needs to consider a more effective, caring and creative approach to supporting the health, wellbeing and economic aspirations of Indigenous peoples in remote areas.

This paper propose seven guiding principles to ensure that the harms experienced under CDP are not repeated. These principles are intended to inform a more holistic livelihoods strategy that would uphold the basic rights of people impacted by government policies, to protect their wellbeing and support locally-valued work in the remote Indigenous communities where they reside.

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