Indigenous welfare policy: lessons from a community survey

Anne Daly, Rosita Henry, Diane Smith

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    Although Indigenous Australians only represent two per cent of the
    Australian population, they have a high profile in the community as the
    original inhabitants of the continent and because of the problems
    associated with their poverty, dispossession and welfare dependence. In this
    article we present a summary of research findings from a three-year study
    conducted among Indigenous people living in and around the town of Kuranda in
    Northern Queensland — about half an hour’s drive inland from Cairns.
    According to the 1996 Census there were 203 Indigenous and 420 non-Indigenous
    people living in the Kuranda postcode area. (The term ‘Indigenous Australians’ is
    used to describe people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin. In the
    context of this study, the people interviewed were Aboriginal.) The aim was to
    document the role of the welfare system in the Indigenous domestic economy and
    to consider options for improving the delivery of welfare payments and services
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)371-384
    Number of pages14
    JournalAgenda: a journal of policy analysis and reform
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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