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Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013

hughes-helenProfessor Helen Hughes AO was Professor Emeritus, the Australian National University, and Senior Fellow at CIS. Her expertise ranged from the Australian economy, economic development and aid, international trade, Indigenous affairs and capital flows.

She was Professor of Economics and Director of the National Centre for Development Studies at ANU from 1983 to 1993, and a member of the Fitzgerald Committee on Immigration: A Commitment to Australia. She also worked at the World Bank from 1968 to 1983 and was a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Planning from 1987 to 1993.

Widely published on a range of topics and regularly interviewed in the media, Professor Hughes recently focussed on issues of development in the Pacific and Australia's remote Indigenous communities. Her recent work has included numerous Issue Analysis papers and press articles.

Publications by Author

  1. Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy.... Read More...

  2. NSW Community Discussion Paper: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal People

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 23 Mar 2012 | Submissions

    By ending the raft of current discriminatory, costly and ineffective Indigenous education policies, the New South Wales Coalition... Read More...

  3. Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Sara Hudson | 18 Nov 2011 | Submissions

    Australia has a serious problem in low participation in higher education by students from low socio-economic backgrounds.... Read More...

  4. Submission to Remote Participation and Employment Servicing Arrangements

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 11 Oct 2011 | Submissions

    The Discussion Paper’s focus on participation and employment in remote Indigenous communities is welcome because it distinguishes... Read More...

  5. FaHCSIA Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Governments state that their objective is for Indigenous townships to develop and prosper like mainstream Australian towns.... Read More...

  6. Submission to Indigenous Home Ownership Issues Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Sara Hudson | 15 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Part 1 of this submission shows that incorrect data and lack of analysis on Indigenous home ownership continues to mislead... Read More...

  7. Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements Discussion Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 30 Nov 2010 | Submissions

    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous... Read More...

  8. Private Housing on Indigenous Lands

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Nov 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Legislation and programs to introduce private housing and businesses on Indigenous land are flawed. Tenure of Indigenous... Read More...

  9. Indigenous Education 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Apr 2010 | Policy Monographs

    The 2009 NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests confirm the continued failure of Indigenous education. The government's 'closing... Read More...

  10. Indigenous Employment, Unemployment and Labour Force Participation: Facts for Evidence Based Policies

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 10 Feb 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Professor Helen Hughes, Senior Research Fellow at the CIS and Mark Hughes highlight that Indigenous non-labour force participation... Read More...

  11. Revisiting Indigenous Education

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Apr 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Aboriginal and Torres Islander children in remote communities must not be viewed as ‘different’ from other Australian... Read More...

  12. The Bipolar Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Guest-worker schemes, which have been proposed as a development solution for the Pacific, no doubt benefit the individuals... Read More...

  13. Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Apr 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The causes of failing education—inequitable school facilities, inappropriate curriculums, and inadequate teaching—in... Read More...

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

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Oct 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Ending kava sales will have positive effects only if the factors that make the Nhulunbuy hinterland dysfunctional are tackled.... Read More...

  15. BOOK REVIEW: Arndt's story: The life of an Australian economist

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Arndt's Story: The Life of An Australian Economist by Peter Coleman, Selwyn Cornish and Peter Drake with Bettina Arndt.

  16. Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Homelands’ in Transition

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Jun 2007 | Special Publications

    Some 90,000 of Australia’s 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live appallingly deprived lives in ‘homelands’... Read More...

  17. Should Australia and New Zealand Open Their Doors to Guest Workers From the Pacific? Costs and Benefits

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 04 Sep 2006 | Policy Monographs

    Should Australia and New Zealand depart from their long term immigration policies to provide work places for short term seasonal... Read More...

  18. Annals of Aid: Vanuatu and The United States Millenium Challenge Corporation

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 05 Apr 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Without fundamental reforms in land tenure, Vanuatu cannot increase its output and productivity. Without a thoroughgoing... Read More...

  19. BOOK REVIEW: The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen in Our Lifetime

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen in Our Lifetime by Jeffrey Sachs (Penguin Books, 2005.)

  20. The Economics of Indigenous Deprivation and Proposals for Reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | Issue Analysis

    For remote Indigenous communities to have productive employment opportunities with mainstream earnings, decent health outcomes,... Read More...

  21. Papua New Guinea’s Choice: A Tale of Two Nations

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 May 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The recent withdrawal of the Australian police is disastrous for the people of Papua New Guinea. The police deployed under... Read More...

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

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Jenness Warin | 01 Mar 2005 | Issue Analysis

    A New Deal for Aborigines: Private property rights, educational reform, health care privatisation, and the application of... Read More...

  23. The Pacific is Viable!

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 02 Dec 2004 | Issue Analysis

    Whilst all is relatively quiet in the Pacific, there is still no growth. With aid runing at more than $1.5 billion a year... Read More...

  24. From Riches to Rags What Are Nauru’s Options and How Can Australia Help?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 18 Aug 2004 | Issue Analysis

    Thirty years after enjoying the world’s second highest per capita GDP after Saudi Arabia, Nauru is on the verge of insolvency,... Read More...

  25. Can Papua New Guinea Come Back From the Brink?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Jul 2004 | Issue Analysis

    After seven months of wrangling, arrangements to deploy more than 260 Australian police and other officials to Papua New... Read More...

  26. FEAUTURE: Does Size Matter? Tuvalu and Nauru Compared

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Steven Gosarevski | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Tuvalu and Nauru are both small Pacific states, but Nauru has been badly governed.

  27. FEATURE: Storm Warning

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Can the Solomon Islands be rescued? Establishing civil peace in the Solomons can only be the first step towards recovery.

  28. Aid Has Failed the Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The Pacific islands are an arc of instability threatening Australia’s security. While current problems are of considerable... Read More...

  29. REVIEW ARTICLE: Is Globalisation Good or Bad For Poor People?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Imagine There's No Country: Poverty, Inequality and Growth in the Era of Globalization by Surjit Bhalla (Institute for International... Read More...

  30. BOOK REVIEW: Can Japan Compete?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Can Japan Compete? by Michael E. Porter, Hirotaka Takeuchi and Mariko Sakakibara (MacMillan Press Ltd, 2000.)

  31. BOOK REVIEW: Balance ("Conversations With Petr Hajek About What Has Been, Is and Will Be")

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Narovinu, Hovory s Petrem Hajkem, nejen o tom co bylo, je a bude (Balance: Conversations with Petr Hayek About What Has Been,... Read More...

  32. Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers : A Global View

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jun 2002 | Policy Monographs

    A worldwide excess of demand for immigration means that Western countries cannot accommodate more than a small proportion... Read More...

  33. COMMENT: The Politics of Envy

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Misleading survey income and expenditure data have led to the understatement of low incomes and the overstatement of poverty,... Read More...

  34. OBITUARY: A Tale of Two Refugees

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    A tale of two refugees, Heinz Arndt and Peter Bauer. Two refugees from fascism made an outstanding contribution to the development... Read More...

  35. SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Australia's Economic Record

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Jennifer Buckingham | 09 Sep 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic reforms since the 1980s have opened up the economy, but the pact of reform in Australia is still lagging behind... Read More...

  36. FEATURE: The Politics of Envy

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Contrary to widespread belief, the real value of low incomes in Australia has risen while the proportion of people living... Read More...

  37. REVIEW ARTICLE: Crisis or Signal? Asia's Economic Problems

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    A Literature Review.

  38. FEATURE: Crony Capitalism and the East Asian Currency and Financial 'Crises'

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The East Asian 'crisis' has been marked be a plethora of bad debts including the, as yet, uncounted debts to Japanese banks.

  39. SCHOOL'S BRIEF: Australia's Prospects in the Global Economy

    Barry Maley, Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Jennifer Buckingham, Lucy Sullivan | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Selected economic excerpts from State of the Nation 1999.

  40. FEATURE: Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Moving toward, or away from, wage justice for women?

  41. Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: Moving Toward, Or Away From, Wage Justice for Women?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jun 1998 | Issue Analysis

    Concerns about equity for working women are being misused to move back to industry-wide wage fixing and its attendant dangers... Read More...

  42. FEATURE: Industrial Policy For Australia

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    'Industrial Policy' has been a central feature of economic debates since World War II.

  43. REVIEW ARTICLE: Whither Development Assistance?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    One Clear Objective: Poverty Reduction Through Sustainable Development (Simons Committee Report) AusAID (Australian Government... Read More...

  44. Working Youth:Tackling Australian Youth Unemployment

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 May 1996 | Policy Monographs

    Working Youth proposes reforms to the labour market and educationthat would begin the task of creating jobs for Australia's... Read More...

  45. FEATURE: 'The Myth of Asia's Miracle": A Comment on Krugman

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    A response to Krugman.

  46. Australia's Asian Challenge

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 24 Feb 1994 | Policy Forum

    The proceedings of the Autumn Public Policy Forum in the 1994 Bert Kelly lecture series Sydney, 24 February 1994. Three experts... Read More...

Opinion & Commentary by Author

  1. Poor education is letting Indigenous children down

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 06 Jul 2012 | The Drum

    NAPLAN results show that Queensland has made the greatest progress in reducing failure rates, followed by Western Australia,... Read More

  2. Review of indigenous literacy and numeracy 2008-2011

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 28 Jun 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Queensland and Western Australia are the only states making progress on Indigenous education.

  3. Hughes: Neither race nor distance

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | The Advertiser

    THE causes of high indigenous failure are poor teaching and discipline, write Helen and Mark Hughes.

  4. 'Indigenous-specific' programs are a $300m waste

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | The Australian

    Queensland and Western Australia are the only states making progress on indigenous education.

  5. WA can do more in indigenous education

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | The West Australian

    WA is on its way to reducing indigenous literacy and numeracy failure rates, which will increase opportunities for indigenous... Read More

  6. End the cargo-cult aid mentality that has ruined our neighbours

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 16 Apr 2012 | The Australian

    Pacific elites have appropriated the bulk of aid, mineral, forestry and other incomes to become immensely wealthy at the... Read More

  7. Remote disadvantage even worse than reported

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 27 Sep 2011 | The Australian

    Billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted on programs that mostly benefit bureaucrats IN February, the Productivity Commission... Read More

  8. Lands where no one can feel at home

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 25 Jun 2011 | The Australian

    Indigenous ‘community’ a misnomer.

  9. The Fiji meeting would be a farce if it were funny

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Mar 2011 | The Canberra Times

    ‘Melanesia’ is an anthropologists’ construct that has no economic and little other sense. It the arcane world of United... Read More

  10. Fat cats feed on needy

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 23 Mar 2011 | The Australian

    If government expenditure on indigenous Australians is divided among the welfare-dependent, the average per head is $75,000.

  11. Protecting bad teachers produces chronic failure

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 09 Mar 2011 | The Australian

    My School confirms that funding is not the cause of Indigenous educational failure.

  12. Land rights must come first

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Nov 2010 | Spectator Australia

    Private property rights are the foundation for self-sustaining Indigenous businesses.

  13. Ownership would transform Aboriginal towns

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 24 Nov 2010 | The Canberra Times

    The denial of private property rights to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders on indigenous lands continues to cause extremes... Read More

  14. Home ownership key to ending dysfunction

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 17 Nov 2010 | The Australian

    Indigenous Australians are being denied their right to own the house they live in.

  15. Helen Hughes opens her diary

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 Jul 2010 | The Spectator (Australia)

    Helen Hughes writes the Diary for Spectator Australia about her trip to Cape York, 31 July 2010.

  16. What a difference a decade doesn't make to the lives of Pacific Islanders

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Jun 2010 | The Australian

    Ten years after the UN pledged to address poverty and poor health and education levels in the Pacific region, the shameful... Read More

  17. NAPLAN tests show the Indigenous gap

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 11 May 2010 | The Newcastle Herald

    NAPLAN results show just how behind the mainstream remote students are, says Helen Hughes and Mark Hughes in The Newcastle... Read More

  18. Education fails indigenous kids

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 29 Apr 2010 | The Australian

    NAPLAN results show just how behind the mainstream remote students are, says Helen Hughes and Mark Hughes in The Australian,... Read More

  19. Indigenous students from welfare-dependent families perform poorly

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 10 Apr 2010 | Adelaide Now

    South Australia has some of the most disadvantaged remote Aboriginal communities and some of the lowest indigenous employment.

  20. Hard facts hit home on Indigenous jobs

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Mar 2010 | The Newcastle Herald

    Although remote indigenous communities in the far north have the worst living standards in Australia, there are low indigenous... Read More

  21. Army of well-paid advisers keep Pacific poor

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 Feb 2010 | The Australian

    Poorly targeted aid to the Pacific hinders rather than helps the region.

  22. Authorities must not wag school

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 16 Oct 2009 | The Australian

    The just released National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results for this year confirm the Northern... Read More

  23. Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 2009

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Jul 2009

    The Commonwealth government hoped for favourable coverage from the release of the Productivity Commission’s Overcoming... Read More

  24. Who are Indigenous Australians?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 13 Jun 2009 | NZCPR

    In 1967 Australians overwhelmingly supported a referendum that altered the Australian constitution in regard to Aborigines... Read More

  25. Commonwealth government fails remote Indigenous students

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 May 2009

    The second round of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests took place this week. Australia... Read More

  26. Making remote schools work will take commitment

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 11 Apr 2009 | The Australian

    Indigenous illiteracy and non-numeracy has been recognised as a problem in Australia for more than 20 years. But government... Read More

  27. Has Indigenous Education Been Shortchanged Again?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Mar 2009 | The Australian

    The minister for education’s plan to fund two hundred additional teachers with $100 million of support is a commendable... Read More

  28. School litany of shame

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Dec 2008

    With the May 2009 national literacy and numeracy tests only six months away, it is not too soon to focus on the reasons why... Read More

  29. Numbers don't go remotely to issue

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 28 Nov 2008 | The Australian

    The news that the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found the 17 year gap in the life expectancy between Indigenous and... Read More

  30. The Northern Territory's performance in national literacy and numeracy testing

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 17 Sep 2008 | The Australian

    When we drew attention to the failures of Northern Territory schooling in April this year, our report Indigenous Education... Read More

  31. Guest workers and the Northern Territory

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Sep 2008 | The Sunday Territorian

    To Australia’s embarrassment, by not tackling the problems that prevent Aborigines picking the fruit that is now ripening... Read More

  32. Major General Jeffrey and aborigines in the open society

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Sep 2008 | The Australian

    Major General Jeffery is to be congratulated for drawing attention, on his last day as Governor General of Australia, to... Read More

  33. Pacific guests invited over our unemployed

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | The Newcastle Herald

    The announcement that Australia is inaugurating a ‘guest worker’ scheme for Pacific islanders to pick fruit in Australia... Read More

  34. Good policy better than guest work for neighbours

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | The Canberra Times

    The announcement that Australia is inaugurating a ‘guest worker’ scheme for Pacific islanders to pick fruit in Australia... Read More

  35. Fruit picking jobs for local aborigines or guest workers from the Pacific?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 18 Aug 2008 | The Courier Mail

    Growers' struggles to get fruit and vegetables picked and processed have led the Australian Farmers’ Federation to campaign... Read More

  36. Governments are failing East Arnhem Land

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jul 2008 | The Weekend Australian

    Kevin Rudd’s ‘Community Cabinet Meeting’ in Yirrkala unfortunately did not tackle the failures of public policy in... Read More

  37. The three 'R's of Northern Territory Indigenous education: responsibility, reform and 'rithmetic

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 May 2008 | The Australian

    Ms Scrymgour, the Northern Territory Minister for Education, is to be congratulated for taking responsibility for the crisis... Read More

  38. Policy reform to close the gap between black and white

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 Apr 2008 | The Australian Financial Review

    After some 200 years of discrimination, the basic principles that must inform policies that affect Indigenous Australians... Read More

  39. Northern Territory Indigenous Education

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Apr 2008 | The Australian

    The Northern Territory Department of Education reported in 2006-2007 that reading and numeracy Year 3, 5 and 7 benchmark... Read More

  40. Failures in education policy are creating a lost generation

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Apr 2008 | ABC News Online

    The Northern Territory has known for more than a decade that Indigenous students are completing its Aboriginal schools (Learning... Read More

  41. Pretend Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Northern Territory

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 03 Mar 2008 | The Canberra Times

    The Northern Territory Department of Education reports that only 20% of Indigenous students in remote schools pass year 3... Read More

  42. Strangers in their own land – An extract

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 27 Feb 2008 | The Australian

    Two teenager girls from East Arnhem Land undergo a ten-week educational marathon in Sydney with Helen Hughes to help them... Read More

  43. Tough love key to Nauru's future

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 Jan 2008 | The Australian

    The Rudd Government has an unparalleled opportunity to make a contribution to the evolution of real solutions for small Pacific... Read More

  44. Long-term welfare dependency is of no real benefit to recipients

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 11 Jan 2008 | The Australian

    For a liberal, turning a share of welfare payments into vouchers for groceries and rent is not a happy solution. A safety... Read More

  45. Native titles in private housing

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Oct 2007 | The Canberra Times

    The 2006 Census suggests that some 295,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders - perhaps 45,000 Indigenous families -... Read More

  46. Indigenous housing

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Oct 2007

    The 2006 Census suggests that some 295,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders - perhaps 45,000 Indigenous families -... Read More

  47. Life after kava needs education, real jobs

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Oct 2007 | The Sunday Territorian

    As part of the Northern Territory ‘emergency intervention’, the Australian Government announced a ban on the import of... Read More

  48. Aboriginal artists in the remote 'homelands' downtrodden by too much aid

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 19 Sep 2007 | The Canberra Times

    The director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University, Professor Jon Altman,... Read More

  49. Extend a hand to an absent friend

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 04 Sep 2007 | The Australian

    Although Sydney loves a party and gave world winners for the 2000 Olympics and the 2003 World Rugby Cup, the response to... Read More

  50. South Australia's "homelands" have only a small proportion of Australia's 500,000 Aborigines...

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 02 Jun 2007 | The Adelaide Advertiser

    South Australian "homelands" have only a very small proportion of Australia's 500,000 Aborigines, but they include some of... Read More

  51. Our state of disgrace

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 May 2007 | The Courier Mail

    Queensland, with a quarter of Australia's Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, has some of their most dysfunctional settlements.

  52. Helen Hughes writes on Lands of Shame

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 May 2007 | The Australian Financial Review

    The pernicious permit system that censors reporting about remote ‘homelands’ has been sufficiently broken into to make... Read More

  53. An edited extract from Lands of Shame

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 May 2007 | The Weekend Enquirer

    After the passage of the 1967 referendum, and with the beginning of the transfer of land to Aborigines and Torres Strait... Read More

  54. An extract from Lands of Shame

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 May 2007 | The Canberra Times

    About a third of Australia's 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders work in mainstream jobs, own their houses and... Read More

  55. Palmed off and abused

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Jan 2007 | The Courier Mail

    The concerns aroused by the Mulrunji case are a long-overdue reaction to failures of policing and jurisprudence towards Aborigines... Read More

  56. Aid no place for preaching pop stars

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Nov 2006 | The Australian

    Young people are understandably concerned that 50 years into the most rapid improvements in living standards that the world... Read More

  57. Aboriginal separatist policies must be dropped

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Nov 2006 | The Canberra Times

    The Academy of Social Science is holding its annual symposium on social issues on the geographic mobility that has enriched... Read More

  58. Funding for indigenous communities still not finding targets

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Oct 2006 | The Canberra Times

    The funding intended to help Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders does not reach most of them. Abysmal overcrowding in... Read More

  59. Why is Northern Queensland Calling for Fruit Pickers from the Pacific Islands?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Oct 2006 | The Courier Mail

    Last week the Cairns Post drew attention to the failure of backpackers to follow their usual fruit picking trail from Bowen... Read More

  60. The causes of upheavals in the Solomon Islands

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 Sep 2006 | The Australian

    Trouble in Timor Leste (one million) and the Solomons (450,000) is not coincidental, It has been brewing since the Australian... Read More

  61. Aid for growth only hope for a Pacific solution

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 May 2006 | The Australian

    The emphasis on growth in Alexander Downer's white paper is a victory in the struggle to save Australian taxpayers' hard-earned... Read More

  62. Speaking with spirits: Papua New Guinea’s logging free-for-all

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Apr 2006 | The Canberra Times

    In May 2005 Papua New Guinea refused a $23 million World Bank loan designed to reduce the depredations of timber exporters... Read More

  63. US aid group throws Vanuatu's privileged political elite a lifeline

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Mar 2006 | The Canberra Times

    Vanuatu (population 200,000) has been generously supported by aid in cash and technical assistance since its independence... Read More

  64. Policies entrench poverty

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | The Australian

    More than 200,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have become integrated into mainstream Australian life, but during... Read More

  65. Pacific aid policy must indeed be based on facts

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 11 Aug 2005 | The Canberra Times

    Australia is the leading aid donor in the Pacific, taking its responsibility to its neighbours seriously. Three years ago... Read More

  66. Lies and Statistics

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Jul 2005 | The Australian Financial Review

    The debt of poor African governments has three components: debt owed to commercial banks and capital goods suppliers, debt... Read More

  67. Time for real economics to cure Africa's plight

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 29 Jun 2005 | The Dominion Post

    Bob Geldof is not only hoping for a large attendance at his Live 8 concert on July 2, but expecting a march of thousands... Read More

  68. Rockers deaf to aid realities

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 28 Jun 2005 | The Australian

    It is 20 years since Bob Geldof organised the Live Aid concerts to feed the hungry of Africa . It is five years since the... Read More

  69. Economic malaise in PNG is deep, and growing steadily

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 2005 | The Canberra Times

    The recent ruling by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court that the immunity essential for Australian police operations in Papua... Read More

  70. Nose cut off to spite the face

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 May 2005 | The Courier Mail

    The withdrawal of the Australian police, following the Papua New Guinean Supreme Court ruling that the immunity essential... Read More

  71. Coombs' tragic legacy

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 Mar 2005 | The Australian Financial Review

    In reviewing the Community Development Employment Program the federal government has hopefully taken a first step toward... Read More

  72. New deal for communities

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 Mar 2005 | The Courier Mail

    Third World unemployment, welfare dependence, housing, ill health and violence in remote communities contrast starkly with... Read More

  73. More aid is no solution for Islands

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 29 Dec 2004 | The New Zealand Herald

    Australians and New Zealanders pride themselves on giving the Pacific a helping hand. Yet the Pacific economies have not... Read More

  74. Ripples of change surfacing in a stagnant Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 02 Dec 2004 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Income has barely grown faster than population in the Pacific for the 30th consecutive year, despite $1.5 billion of aid.... Read More

  75. Fortune lost to betrayal

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 Oct 2004 | The Australian

    The older ones among you will remember my first arrival in Nauru in 1963 after I had negotiated for you the world price for... Read More

  76. Only harsh medicine can save Nauru

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 Aug 2004 | The Courier Mail

    Nauru is an isolated 21 sq km Pacific island, more than 3,500 kms from Brisbane. In 1963, while still administered by Australia,... Read More

  77. Sick phosphate island in need of a remedy

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Aug 2004 | The Courier Mail

    Nauru is a 21 sq kms island near the equator, more than 3,000 kms from Brisbane. Its population, now 11,000, had the second... Read More

  78. An end to benign neglect

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 Jul 2004 | The Australian

    Increasing aid to Papua New Guinea to more than $425 million for 2004-05 will enable more than 260 police and other law and... Read More

  79. Only internal reform can rescue a stagnant PNG

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 Jul 2004 | The Canberra Times

    Papua New Guinea's GDP growth, with good weather and high mineral export prices, is still only barely above population growth,... Read More

  80. Pacific states stagnate

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 Jul 2004

    Nearly all the Southwest Pacific islands have recorded another year of per capita income decline in 2003. The exceptions... Read More

  81. Game of Pacific cop and dodgers

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 Jul 2003 | The Australian

    The Howard Government's decision to help the Solomons by restoring civil order to the South Pacific islands is welcome.

  82. Faulty index poor guide to real benefits

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 May 2003 | The Australian Financial Review

    Measuring a country's commitment to aid and development can be a flawed process.

  83. Way out for poor little rich island

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Apr 2003 | The Australian

    Nauru - an island of 22sq km, lying near the Equator, thousands of kilometres from the nearest large Pacific island group... Read More

  84. Lies and statistics

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 04 Nov 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Surjit Bhalla's book Imagine There's No Country has created a furore in Washington by convincingly demonstrating that the... Read More

  85. PNG in need for much more than money

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Aug 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Papua New Guinea has become a dysfunctional state.  Per capita income is falling, public services are non existent and robbery,... Read More

  86. The poor need trade, not aid

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 Jun 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Australia is not alone in its 'asylum seeker' problems. 'Asylum seekers' are putting pressures on liberal democracies world-wide,... Read More

  87. Poor Approach to the Economy: Claims that poverty is growing in Australia are built on shifting sands

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 17 Jun 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Does Australia have an increasing poverty problem or not? The Centre for Independent Studies' Policy (Winter 2001) a year... Read More

  88. Third World aid: is it part of the solution or the problem?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 11 May 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Heads of government and ministers met at the United Nations headquarters in New York during the week to try to answer the... Read More

  89. A tale of two refugees

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 10 May 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Two refugees from fascism, each of whom made an outstanding contribution to the development of economics and hence to the... Read More

  90. Foreign aid offers a poor policy: The world bank helps those who help themselves to the cash

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 27 Mar 2002 | The Australian

    The aid industry, led by the World Bank, met last week in Monterrey, Mexico, to drum up financial support for international... Read More

  91. Loud mobs hold democracy hostage

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 Mar 2002 | The Australian

    The build-up of demonstrations since the 1999 World Trade Organisation debacle in Seattle has a deja vu feeling for anyone... Read More

  92. Risk of being burnt in the melting pot: There are costs to a society in taking in more asylum seekers

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 04 Jan 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    Asylum seekers have become, in parallel with terrorism and consequent on it, the first major crisis of the 21st century.... Read More

  93. What future exists for Afghanistan? Any solution must address the drug trade and the plight of women

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Nov 2001 | The Australian Financial Review

    The lands of central Asia have a sorry history of warfare, dating back to the times of the “silk road” linking Europe... Read More

  94. Why multicultural Australia is less welcome

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 29 Nov 2001 | The Age

    Now that the electorate has shown resounding support for a principled approach to asylum seekers, a serious debate is emerging... Read More

  95. The next battle is against tribalism: Nation building will not succeed in post-Taliban Afghanistan

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 Nov 2001 | The Australian

    Nomadic tribes have been at war in Afghanistan, among themselves and with their neighbours,  since time immemorial.  Afghanistan... Read More

  96. Sorry, we're not a soft target

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 29 Aug 2001 | The Australian

    Church and other refugee support groups are absolutely right.  The plight of the boat people is terrible.  Pure compassion... Read More

  97. Chance for IMF reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 13 Jun 2001 | The Australian Financial Review

    Last week’s appointment of Anne Krueger as deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund heralds a serious... Read More

  98. GDP stands the test of time

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 15 Mar 2001 | The Australian Financial Review

    Ed Mishan, a leading English economist, writing when Simon Kuznets was complaining about the shortcomings of GDP as an indicator... Read More

  99. Aid has failed the Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Nov -0001

    Per capita income has grown at less than 1% a year in the Pacific during the past 30 years. In some islands it has declined.... Read More

Ideas@TheCentre by Author

  1. A tale of two houses

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 24 May 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    For years, excuses have been used to hide the discriminatory state and federal policies that deny individual property rights... Read More

  2. Funding students based on Indigeneity demeaning and wasteful

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 03 May 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Labor government continues to ignore the overwhelming evidence that funding is not a principal constraint on Indigenous... Read More

  3. Productivity Commission misleads on Indigenous expenditure

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Sep 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Productivity Commission’s second Indigenous Expenditure Report, released earlier this week, shows that Commonwealth,... Read More

  4. Home, sweet home

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 13 Jul 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    After generations of decrepit public housing, Baniyala families will finally have the option of building and living in new... Read More

  5. Indigenous education – a poor performer

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 29 Jun 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Government needs to respond to poor NAPLAN results for Indigenous students by bringing non-performing and under-performing... Read More

  6. Indigenous private property rights ignored again

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 May 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Government ignores Indigenous private property rights and creates more bureaucracy.

  7. Census apartheid

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 15 Apr 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    With preparations well in hand for the 2011 Census in August, we are assuming that the separate Census Interviewer Household... Read More

  8. Money well spent?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 11 Mar 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    A new report confirms that Indigenous disadvantage is not the result of insufficient government expenditure.

  9. Private property will save a culture, not destroy it

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 19 Nov 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    One of the main causes of Indigenous dysfunction in remote communities is the denial of private property rights.

  10. Moving targets are failing Indigenous students

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Apr 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Forty percent (60,000) of Australia’s Indigenous students fail to meet the national literacy and numeracy standards. The... Read More

  11. Indigenous Australians denied employment by inept policies

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 05 Mar 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Indigenous unemployment is three times non-Indigenous unemployment, and Indigenous non-participation in the labour force... Read More

  12. Peak chocolate?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Feb 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Natural gas discoveries and vast LNG projects are threatening to put strong downward pressure on petroleum prices, making... Read More

  13. The bankers at least got something right

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 16 Oct 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Nobel Prize in economics by the Swedish central bank has been controversial since at least 1974 when it was awarded to... Read More

  14. Car socialism alive and well

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 02 Oct 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    Once upon a time, there was a country whose government had decided in all its wisdom that it was going to be good at making... Read More

  15. Reducing the longevity gap for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 05 Jun 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that it has reduced the longevity ‘gap’ for Indigenous Australians... Read More

  16. Reducing the longevity gap for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 May 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced this week that it has reduced the longevity ‘gap’ for Indigenous Australians... Read More

  17. What this week’s NAPLAN tests mean for Indigenous Education

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 May 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    This week all Australian children in school years 3, 5, 7 and  9 sat numeracy and literacy tests for the second time.

  18. Indigenous education ‘gap’ a cover up for policy failure

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 17 Apr 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    Governments have been setting targets to ‘close the gap’ in Indigenous education for the past 20 years, and yet literacy... Read More