Title

Australian Governance of Indigenous people: neo-liberal, social-conservative, social-democrat, or evidence-based?

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Thompson, LJ 2015, 'Australian Governance of Indigenous people: neo-liberal, social-conservative, social-democrat, or evidence-based? ', The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, vol. 9, no. 3-4, pp. 15-28.

Abstract

Identifiable marginalised groups can be vulnerable to the impact of government intervention programs. As such, Australia’s remote Indigenous social policy is better focused upon “client” needs than upon the neoliberal policy frameworks that some observers see as dominant. Ideological approaches to Australian governance are here considered as are policy implications for remote Indigenous people. Since these approaches have different strategic intentions, there is exploration of their social objectives against logic and Indigenous needs. As national policy implements macro-level change, the critical analysis contraindicates confident ideological interventions and recommends sensitivity and humility regarding policy development which maximises Indigenous quality of life.