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How realistic are the prospects for 'closing the gaps' in socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous Australians?

Altman, Jon; Hunter, Boyd; Biddle, Nicholas


Practical reconciliation, and more recently, closing the gaps have been put forward as frameworks on which to base and then evaluate policies to address Indigenous disadvantage. This paper uses census-based analysis at the national level to examine trends in Indigenous wellbeing since 1971. There has been steady improvement in most socioeconomic outcomes as measured by standard social indicators in the last 35 years. This finding is at dramatic odds with the currently dominant discourse of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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