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Prospects for 'closing the gap' in socioeconomic outcomes for indigenous Australians?

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posted on 2009-11-01, 00:00 authored by Jon AltmanJon Altman, N Biddle, B H Hunter
Practical reconciliation' and more recently 'closing the gap' have been put forward as frameworks on which to base and evaluate policies to address Indigenous disadvantage. This paper analyses national-level census-based data to examine trends in Indigenous wellbeing since 1971. There has been steady improvement in most socioeconomic outcomes in the last 35 years; a finding at odds with the current discourse of failure. Evidence of convergence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous outcomes, however, is not consistent. For some outcomes, relatively rapid convergence is predicted (within 25 years), but for the majority of outcomes, convergence is unlikely to occur within a generation, if at all. © Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand 2009.

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Journal

Australian economic history review

Volume

49

Issue

3

Pagination

225 - 251

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

ISSN

0004-8992

eISSN

1467-8446

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Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

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