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Conspicuous compassion and wicked problems: the Howard government's national emergency in Indigenous affairs

Hunter, Boyd


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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, 14.3 (2007): 35-51
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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