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First Nations Regional and National Representation: Aligning Local Decision Making in NSW with Closing the Gap and the proposed Indigenous Voice

Dreise, Tony; Markham, Francis; Lovell, Melissa; Fogarty, William; Wighton, Alice

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Recent shifts in national policies have resulted in questions about how established regional forms of representation, such as those involved in NSW’s Local Decision Making initiative, will be aligned with new policy priorities and processes. This paper seeks to clarify the terrain of competing and complementary representative institutions in NSW, in the context of the emergence of new national structures of Indigenous representation. In particular, the paper focuses on the NSW Coalition of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDreise, Tony
dc.contributor.authorMarkham, Francis
dc.contributor.authorLovell, Melissa
dc.contributor.authorFogarty, William
dc.contributor.authorWighton, Alice
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-29T23:40:25Z
dc.date.available2021-08-29T23:40:25Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-925286-64-9
dc.identifier.issn1442-3871
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/245906
dc.description.abstractRecent shifts in national policies have resulted in questions about how established regional forms of representation, such as those involved in NSW’s Local Decision Making initiative, will be aligned with new policy priorities and processes. This paper seeks to clarify the terrain of competing and complementary representative institutions in NSW, in the context of the emergence of new national structures of Indigenous representation. In particular, the paper focuses on the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances, and its relationships with the bodies representing Indigenous peaks at the national and state levels, and the Local and Regional Voices proposed in the Interim Report on Indigenous Voice. We argue that regional structures of Indigenous representation have an enduring value. We unpack the notion of ‘representation,’ arguing for recognition of the differences between representative bodies on the basis of who is being represented, around what, and by whom. We suggest that there is scope for the existence of complementary bodies, working with different structures towards largely shared goals and priorities. We conclude that the co-existence of representative organisations that differ in terms of their constituents and scope requires the clear delineation of how these institutions sit side-by-side, and a clear demarcation of their decision-making powers and authority, and their roles and responsibilities.
dc.description.sponsorshipAboriginal Affairs NSW
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCentre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCAEPR Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper No. 141/2021
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.titleFirst Nations Regional and National Representation: Aligning Local Decision Making in NSW with Closing the Gap and the proposed Indigenous Voice
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dcterms.dateAccepted2021
dc.date.issued2021
local.publisher.urlhttps://caepr.cass.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDreise, Tony, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationMarkham, Francis, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationLovell, Melissa, The Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationFogarty, William, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationWighton, Alice, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/65M2-V536
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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