Helen Hughes


(1928 - 2013) Professor Helen Hughes AO was Professor Emeritus, the Australian National University, and Senior Fellow at CIS. Her expertise ranged from the Australian economy, economic development and aid, international trade, Indigenous affairs and capital flows.
She was Professor of Economics and Director of the National Centre for Development Studies at ANU from 1983 to 1993, and a member of the Fitzgerald Committee on Immigration: A Commitment to Australia. She also worked at the World Bank from 1968 to 1983 and was a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Planning from 1987 to 1993.
Widely published on a range of topics and regularly interviewed in the media, Professor Hughes recently focussed on issues of development in the Pacific and Australia's remote Indigenous communities. Her recent work has included numerous Issue Analysis papers and press articles.

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27 Jun 2012

In all other states, the number of Indigenous children failing NAPLAN tests is increasing. This is the fourth report in the Indigenous Education series by Professor Helen Hughes and researcher Mark Hughes and finds that the government is wrongly blaming Indigenous failure rates on ethnicity,...


18 Oct 2011

This paper argues that inappropriate government policies cause of low remote Indigenous labour force participation and high unemployment.

This paper is a submission to the Remote Participation and Employment Services Engagement Panel (0) , responding to the Discussion Paper released 16 August 2011....


18 Nov 2010

This paper argues that 'social' housing has failed and private home ownership must be an immediate priority on Indigenous lands; to help kick start home ownership tenants should be offered ownership of their homes at no cost.

Almost 20% of Australia and almost 50%...


29 Apr 2010

Executive Summary

The 2009 NAPLAN results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students again show high rates of failure to meet the national minimum standards. Failure rates of 40 to 50% are common in Indigenous schools and rise to more than 70% in...


23 Apr 2009

This paper argues that there is no ‘gap’ between the literacy and numeracy of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

The gap is between Indigenous students in mainstream schools and Indigenous students in non-performing remote schools.

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