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Welfare Reform and Economic Development for Indigenous Communities

Noel Pearson’s lecture is to set out a case for a comprehensive reform agenda in Cape York Peninsula. I will start by setting out a new framework for approaching the issues of disadvantage and dysfunction in the Cape which is derived from the work of Amartya Sen, the Nobel Prize-winning economist. This framework reinforces our view that the first cause of the current crisis is a lack of economic and social development compounded by a system of delivery of services and income support that encourages passivity in its recipients.

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