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Abstract: There is a large body of research on social justice and the city that focuses on the need to address social inequalities and racialised difference through emancipatory action. This critical urban research is valuable in addressing and analysing conflicting perceptions of place in ways that can privilege the voices of those who have been/are marginalised. Such research however, has neglected to explore diversity and rights to place in regional towns of northern Australia. These are places where Indigenous populations are projected to increase to half the overall population by 2040, compared to southern cities where they will remain at two or three per cent. Insights into experiences of living with difference in regional towns are therefore crucial and will strengthen urban research that so far has focused on large metropolitan cities. This paper emphasises the need for a more ethnographically and empirically informed re-imagining of what it is to live a ‘good life’. It focuses on Broome, a north Australian town in the Kimberley that has a rich polyethnic history. As the gateway to the Kimberley, Broome is located in one of the most ecologically and culturally diverse regions of the world. The paper will explore official and popular narratives of the ‘good life’ in Broome and generate knowledges that privilege insights of Indigenous residents.

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