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Australian native title anthropology: strategic practice, the law and the state

This book examines the practical aspects of anthropology that are relevant to the exercise of the discipline within the native title context.

10 out of 10 deadly health stories: nutrition and physical activity: successful program from NSW Aboriginal community controlled health services

This booklet presents the stories of ten nutrition and physical activity programs for Indigenous people in New South Wales, demonstrating the potential and effectiveness of community initiatives. The programs were all delivered by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (aCCHSs), in rural, urban, or regional areas...

Literacy in remote Indigenous Australia

The literacy debate rarely addresses the critical social and historical factors that also account for why literacy levels among remote Indigenous youth are lower than their mainstream counterparts. The focus on schooling obscures the less obvious fact that we must also be cognisant of the...

Developing a national Indigenous policy framework that recognises needs, rights and legacies and delivers results

It argues for a very different policy framework that looks to openly combine three interlinked elements: needs-based citizenship rights, special Indigenous rights, and compensatory ‘social justice’ rights. This paper is based on a presentation to the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) National Conference, ‘Building...

9th National Rural Health Conference: standing up for rural health: learning from the past, action for the future

The 9th National Rural Health Conference took place in Albury in 2007, with the theme: 'Standing up for rural health: learning from the past, action for the future'. The conference presents papers on research and service issues of concern to rural and remote Australia, which...

A blueprint for action for regional Indigenous homelessness projects

This document is a blueprint for action for regional Indigenous homelessness projects in Mt Isa, Cairns, and Townsville / Thuringowa. The blueprint details strategies to be implemented in cooperation with all stakeholders in each of the communities. Five strategic areas underpin the direction of the...

The land is a map: placenames of Indigenous origin in Australia

The entire Australian continent was once covered with networks of Indigenous placenames. These names often evoke important information about features of the environment and their place in Indigenous systems of knowledge.
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A complex balance: mediating sustainable development in Cape York Peninsula

This paper examines 'sustainable development' in a contemporary remote Aboriginal rural community. The author argues that sustainability in Indigenous development in the central Cape York region involves an ongoing compromise between often incommensurable forms of social, political, and economic organisation. Drawing on material gathered in...
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A half-hearted defence of the CDEP scheme

The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme was developed as a response to the perceived social threat of 'sit-down money' to Indigenous communities in the 1970s. Ironically, the scheme is now being criticised as being one of the main factors driving the social effects of...

A hand up not a hand out: renewing the fight against poverty: report on poverty and financial hardship

There has been a significant growth in poverty in Australia over the last decade. At the time of this report's release a consensus of estimates puts the number of people living in poverty at between two and three and a half million. In reporting on...