Arguing over [the] remote control: Why Indigenous policy needs to be based on evidence and not hyperbole

Arguing over [the] remote control: Why Indigenous policy needs to be based on evidence and not hyperbole Journal Article

Economic Papers: A Journal of Applied Economics and Policy

  • Author(s): Hunter, Boyd H.
  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Volume: 26
  • ISBN: 0812-0439

Abstract: Recent public debate on Indigenous issues has been provoked, inter alia, by a 2005 Centre for Independent Studies paper by Helen Hughes and Jenness Warin, who focused on the extent to which policies have been effective in improving the living conditions of Indigenous Australians since the era of self-determination commenced. Unfortunately, the quality of historical data is questionable, and hence we need an appreciation of the reliability of estimates. The 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey allows a detailed interrogation of the reliability of estimates. This paper critically analyses socioeconomic changes between 1994 and 2002 for remote and other areas by comparing the recent data with analogous data collected in 1994. Changes in health status and a range of socio-economic indicators are documented to provide a more balanced assessment of the level of economic and social development in the respective areas.

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Hunter, Boyd H., 2007, Arguing over [the] remote control: Why Indigenous policy needs to be based on evidence and not hyperbole, Volume:26, Journal Article, viewed 15 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=37497.

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