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

Altman, JC, Biddle, N and Hunter, B (2009). Prospects for 'closing the gap' in socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous Australians?. Australian Economic History Review,49(3):225-251.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 83950043xPUB64
Title Prospects for 'closing the gap' in socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous Australians?
Author Altman, JC
Biddle, N
Hunter, B
Journal Name Australian Economic History Review
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 49
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0004-8992   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 225
End Page 251
Total Pages 27
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract 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.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8446.2009.00264.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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