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Beyond Closing the Gap: Valuing diversity in Indigenous Australia

Altman, Jon


This working paper examines the notion of Closing the Gap in socioeconomic disadvantage as the new over-arching framework in Indigenous affairs promulgated by the Rudd government in 2008. It is shown that such an approach, seeking statistical equality between Indigenous and other Australians, has had a long policy history and so is not new. Some statistics are presented from earlier work with Nicholas Biddle and Boyd Hunter that track the historic record of Closing the Gap from 1971 to 2006...[Show more]

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


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