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‘You got any Truck?’ Vehicles and decentralised mobile service-provision in remote Indigenous Australia

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ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Title: ‘You got any Truck?’ Vehicles and decentralised mobile service-provision in remote Indigenous Australia
Author(s): Fogarty, William
Keywords: Indigenous Australia
mobile service provision
vehicles
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University
Citation: Fogarty, W. (2005). ‘You got any Truck?’ Vehicles and decentralised mobile service-provision in remote Indigenous Australia. CAEPR Working Paper, no. 30/2005. Canberra, ACT: ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
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Service provision in remote Indigenous Australia is highly dependent on vehicle availability and profoundly affected by usage constraints. This paper seeks to explore elements of conflict and points of alignment in the intercultural exchange between service providers and those Indigenous people dependent on vehicles for service provision. Drawing on the example of education provision to remote homelands in the Arnhem Land area of the Northern Territory, as well as existing literature of ownership and exchange in Indigenous Australia, the paper outlines a re-alignment of service provision using a decentralised, mobile model of delivery. Based on these case studies, the paper proposes a rethinking of the importance of transport in program implementation and the resulting outcomes, and the relationship between this and Indigenous lifestyle and cultural imperatives. This paper is based on extensive experience in Indigenous education and policy, the bulk of this living and working with the Kuninjku, Djinang, Burarra, Kune and Rembarrnga peoples in the homelands surrounding Maningrida in Arnhem Land.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/43057
ISBN: 0 7315 4929 5
ISSN: 1442-3871

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