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Equality and difference arguments in Australian Indigenous affairs: examples from income support and housing

Posted on: 11 August, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 3, July 2008 - September 2008
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Sanders W (2008)
Equality and difference arguments in Australian Indigenous affairs: examples from income support and housing. (CAEPR Working Paper no. 38/2008)
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
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This paper discusses the complex, ongoing dialogue between two approaches to Indigenous affairs; one approach stresses equality before the law and equality in socioeceonomic outcomes. The other approach follows more a ‘difference’ point of view, promoting the use of Indigenous specific legal or policy instruments. Using a historical framework focusing on income support and housing over the last 40 years, the dynamic nature of these arguments is outlined, suggesting that Indigenous affairs would benefit from more consideration of ‘difference’ arguments and better analysis of ‘equality’ arguments.

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    • Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, ph: (02) 6125 0587, fax: (02) 6125 9730, email: publications.caepr@anu.edu.au
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