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Participation and representation in ATSIC elections: a ten-year perspective

Taylor, John; Ross, Kate; Sanders, Will

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This paper examines participation and representation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) elections over the ten-year period since its inception in 1990. It attempts to identify patterns of participation that seem to be emerging and what these might suggest about ATSIC's operation. By examining numbers of nominees compared to positions available, the paper suggests that ATSIC elected office has fairly keenly and consistently sought and competed for by Indigenous people,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTaylor, John
dc.contributor.authorRoss, Kate
dc.contributor.authorSanders, Will
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2003-03-21
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T17:00:55Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:50:21Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T17:00:55Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:50:21Z
dc.date.created2000
dc.identifier.issn1036 1774
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41644
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines participation and representation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) elections over the ten-year period since its inception in 1990. It attempts to identify patterns of participation that seem to be emerging and what these might suggest about ATSIC's operation. By examining numbers of nominees compared to positions available, the paper suggests that ATSIC elected office has fairly keenly and consistently sought and competed for by Indigenous people, though there may have been some slight initial reticence in the 1990 elections. By examining voter numbers and voter turnout, the paper suggests that voter participation nation-wide rose slightly from 1990 to 1996 and then largely stabilised in 1999. It also suggests that there have been significant variations from this national pattern at State and Territory levels and it explores some reasons for this, such as change in postal voting procedures. The paper also examines voter numbers and voter turnout at the ATSIC regional level since 1993 and finds that there has been a much higher voter turnout in the sparsely settled regions of northern Australia and much lower voter turnout in the southern and urban areas. This is explained in terms of ATSIC program and expenditure priorities and in terms of polling place access. The final two sections of the paper examine the representation of women and Torres Strait Islanders among ATSIC elected representatives. Both are seen as significant issues, which should be of some ongoing concern within ATSIC, alongside the issue of the southern/northern difference in voter participation.
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); No. 198
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectATSIC
dc.subjectAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
dc.subjectelections
dc.titleParticipation and representation in ATSIC elections: a ten-year perspective
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationvolume35
local.identifier.citationyear2000
local.identifier.eprintid1006
local.rights.ispublishedyes
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub18845
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationCAEPR
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage493
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage513
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:44:16Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0034364467
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission to deposit in Open Research received from CAEPR (ERMS2230079)
CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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