Latest issue: Australian Journal of Social Issues: Volume 51 Issue 4 December 2016 – Australian Social Policy Association

The AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES is published by the Australian Social Policy Association to provide an inter-disciplinary forum for debate on significant and controversial social policy issues. It deals with questions of social justice as most broadly defined. Articles discuss particular social issues, review conceptual problems, present empirical studies and debate policy alternatives. Table … [Read More] Latest issue: Australian Journal of Social Issues: Volume 51 Issue 4 December 2016 – Australian Social Policy Association

World Report 2017: Australia: Events of 2016 – Human Rights Watch

Extract Australia is a vibrant multicultural democracy with a strong record of protecting civil and political rights, but serious human rights issues remain. In 2016, the government continued its draconian policy of offshore transfers of asylum seekers to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru. There were growing calls to address abusive offshore … [Read More] World Report 2017: Australia: Events of 2016 – Human Rights Watch

Kartiya are like Toyotas – Griffith Review

Extract from an article by Kim Mahood ‘Kartiya are like Toyotas. When they break down we get another one.’ – remark by a Western Desert woman about whitefellas who work in Indigenous communities UNLIKE THE BROKEN Toyotas, which are abandoned where they fall, cannibalised, overturned, gutted and torched, the broken kartiya go away – albeit often feeling they … [Read More] Kartiya are like Toyotas – Griffith Review

The association between indigenous Australians’ labour force participation rates and access to transport – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT This paper examines the factors associated with the labour force participation rates of Indigenous Australians. Emphasis is placed on the role that vehicle ownership, holding a valid driver’s licence and having access to public transport has on Indigenous Australians’ labour force participation decisions. Access to transportation has been widely regarded as a key barrier … [Read More] The association between indigenous Australians’ labour force participation rates and access to transport – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Wages, government payments and other income of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT This paper compares the level and source of income for Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians using data from the 2011 wave of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA). Three sources of income are considered: wages and salaries; government benefits; and income from businesses, investments and other private transfers. Consistent with many … [Read More] Wages, government payments and other income of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Early Childhood Education – A selection of articles

A selection of articles form a variety of sources: Caregivers and service providers’ perspectives on a Western Australian aboriginal community’s 0–3 years, early learning programme  / Hayley C. Smith et al. — Early Child Development and Care — A broad range of initiatives including early intervention programmes have been implemented in Australia to assist disadvantaged and at-risk Indigenous parents … [Read More] Early Childhood Education – A selection of articles

Childcare Use and Its Role in Indigenous Child Development: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children in Australia – Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

ABSTRACT This paper investigates patterns of childcare use and their influence on the cognitive development of Indigenous children. The influence of childcare on the cognitive outcomes of Indigenous children is less well understood than for non-Indigenous children due to a lack of appropriate data. This paper uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, … [Read More] Childcare Use and Its Role in Indigenous Child Development: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children in Australia – Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

CENTRELINK: In the News

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the current week  12 January 2017 Centrelink cuts hurting the neediest — Hobart Mercury — It appears it will be some time before anyone from Centrelink or the Turnbull Government admits it, but Centrelink’s effort to recover “debt” from tens of thousands of welfare recipients … [Read More] CENTRELINK: In the News

Arena Magazine

Contents: Issue #145 December 2016 – January 2017  Arena is well known in Melbourne & Australia more broadly as a publication which has made an impact on political & cultural interpretation & practice over a period of more than fifty years. EDITORIAL TRUMP’S TRAJECTORY? John Hinkson 2 LEAD GRAPHIC David Blumenstein 5 COMMENTARY OPPOSING ADANIAttacks on the green movement … [Read More] Arena Magazine

Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016 – Australian Human Rights Commission

This is the seventh and final report during the term of previous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Mick Gooda. Mr Gooda was appointed Royal Commissioner to the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory in August this year. During his term as Aboriginal and … [Read More] Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016 – Australian Human Rights Commission

Why we need to educate journalists about Aboriginal women’s experience of family violence – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Lilly Brown If violence against women is a national priority, and Aboriginal women are disproportionately affected, then the experiences of Aboriginal women need to be valued, made visible and reported on appropriately. According to the Council of Australian Governments, gendered family violence is one of: … the most pervasive forms of … [Read More] Why we need to educate journalists about Aboriginal women’s experience of family violence – The Conversation

Why the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report is still largely a story of failure – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Cox The fairly negative seventh report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, released last week, claimed to: … measure the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. However, this biennial effort continues to record mainly no changes or some increased deficits in wellbeing. The language has changed, in response to … [Read More] Why the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report is still largely a story of failure – The Conversation

Delivering Public Services: Locality, Learning and Reciprocity in Place Based Practice – Australian Journal of Public Administration

ABSTRACT Policymakers across myriad jurisdictions are grappling with the challenge of complex policy problems. Multi-faceted, complex, and seemingly intractable, ‘wicked’ problems have exhausted the repertoire of the standard policy approaches. In response, governments are increasingly looking for new options, and one approach that has gained significant scholarly interest, along with increasing attention from practitioners, is … [Read More] Delivering Public Services: Locality, Learning and Reciprocity in Place Based Practice – Australian Journal of Public Administration

Stan Grant speaks up for Indigenous middle class: ‘Identity should not be means tested’ – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist ‘You are not more Aboriginal if you are struggling,’ journalist says in speech at Melbourne University Stan Grant says he has been called a “coconut” by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who feel he does not fit their perception of what an Indigenous person should be, adding that: … [Read More] Stan Grant speaks up for Indigenous middle class: ‘Identity should not be means tested’ – The Guardian

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 – Productivity Commission

SUMMARY The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This comprehensive report card measures where things have improved (or not) against 52 indicators across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities, and includes case studies on … [Read More] Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 – Productivity Commission

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