Conspicuous compassion and wicked problems: the Howard government's national emergency in Indigenous affairs
|Collections||ANU Press (1965- Present)|
|Title:||Conspicuous compassion and wicked problems: the Howard government's national emergency in Indigenous affairs|
|Citation:||Agenda 14.3 (2007): 35-51|
A ‘wicked problem’ is a term used in the planning literature to characterise a complex multi-dimensional problem. The article argues that Indigenous child abuse is one such problem. Whatever the merits of the recent federal intervention into Northern Territory Indigenous communities, it is unlikely to succeed without both long-term bipartisan commitment of substantial resources and a meaningful process of consultation with Indigenous peoples. If we are to learn from what policies worked (and what did not work), then it is particularly important that a transparent evaluation framework be established before undertaking policy initiatives.
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