Basic income and cultural participation for remote-living Indigenous Australians

Basic income and cultural participation for remote-living Indigenous Australians Book Section

Implementing a Basic Income in Australia: Pathways Forward

  • Author(s): Altman, Jon, Markham, Francis
  • Secondary Author(s): Klein, Elise, Mays, Jennifer, Dunlop, Tim
  • Published: 2019
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-14378-7

Abstract: In much of remote Australia where a sizable minority of Indigenous people live, labour markets are able to employ only a small fraction of the working-age Indigenous population, a legacy of Australia’s settler-colonial past and present. In this chapter, we do two things. First, we describe the former Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme as a basic-income-like programme. Using survey data from 2002–2003 to 2014–2015, we examine the impact of the abolition of the CDEP as a proxy for a future basic income scheme on cultural participation. We find that the existence of CDEP was associated with a modest increase in cultural participation, especially in attendance of sporting carnivals. Second, we argue for the implementation of a true basic income scheme in remote Australia as a first priority for a staged programme nationally.

  • Urls: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14378-7_5
  • Publisher Location: Cham
  • Keywords: Indigenous, Remote Australia, Cultural participation, Cultural activities, Surplus population, Community Development Employment Projects scheme, Workfare

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Altman, Jon, Markham, Francis, 2019, Basic income and cultural participation for remote-living Indigenous Australians, Book Section, viewed 17 August 2019, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=15239.

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