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Issue Analysis


Issue Analysis (IA) are shorter publications that deal with controversial and current issues.

  • Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations

    28 Mar 2012 | IA131

    The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities, children in jobless families, and Indigenous people living in remote communities... Read More

  • Healthy Stores, Healthy Communities: The Impact of Outback Stores on Remote Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jun 2010 | IA122

    The federal government’s initiative to improve remote community stores is crowding out the competition and not delivering on its promises. Read More

  • Indigenous Participation in University Education

    Joe Lane | 27 May 2009 | IA110

    The government’s use of race-based ‘average’ educational performance measures denigrates Indigenous achievement, ignoring the achievements of the 24,000 Indigenous university graduates in Australia. In... Read More

  • Kava and after in the Nhulunbuy (Gulf of Carpenteria) Hinterland

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Oct 2007 | IA88

    Ending kava sales will have positive effects only if the factors that make the Nhulunbuy hinterland dysfunctional are tackled. If underlying deprivation is not ended, alcohol and drugs are likely to replace... Read More

  • What Is Working in Good Schools in Remote Indigenous Communities?

    Kirsten Storry | 04 Apr 2007 | IA86

    School‑side and community‑side interventions with which good schools are trying to break the cycle of low attendance, achievement and retention show that we need a new focus on school performance... Read More

  • Indigenous Governance At the Crossroads: The Way Forward

    John Cleary | 29 Nov 2006 | IA78

    Under the current local government framework, there are too many layers of government in remote Indigenous communities, resulting in conflict between, and duplication of, administrative structures. It... Read More

  • Tackling Literacy in Remote Aboriginal Communities

    Kirsten Storry | 31 Aug 2006 | IA73

    Literacy rates among children and adults in remote Aboriginal communities are appallingly low, and cannot be reversed without genuine and innovative education reform. Read More

  • School Autonomy: A Key Reform for Improving Indigenous Education

    Julie Novak | 21 Jun 2006 | IA72

    The government school model is failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and urgently needs reform. School autonomy should be part of a comprehensive policy package to improve the long-term... Read More

  • Education and Learning in an Aboriginal Community

    Veronica Cleary | 06 Dec 2005 | IA65

    The principal reason why so many Aboriginal people are unable to find jobs is that children in remote areas, such as the Tiwi Islands, leave primary school without the skills that would enable them to... Read More

  • The Economics of Indigenous Deprivation and Proposals for Reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | IA63

    For remote Indigenous communities to have productive employment opportunities with mainstream earnings, decent health outcomes, decent housing, and the same security and standards of living that other... Read More

  • Lessons from the Tiwi Islands: The Need for Radical Improvement in Remote Aboriginal Communities

    John Cleary | 24 May 2005 | IA55

    The governance structures created during the last 30 years for remote Aboriginal communities are so dysfunctional that the many millions of dollars that have been channelled into various programmes for... Read More

  • A New Deal for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Remote Communities

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 and Jenness Warin | 01 Mar 2005 | IA54

    A New Deal for Aborigines: Private property rights, educational reform, health care privatisation, and the application of the rule of law are urgently needed in Australia’s remote communities if Aborigines... Read More