Missed opportunity: the NTER and sustainable development outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory

Missed opportunity: the NTER and sustainable development outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory Journal Article

Australian Journal of Social Issues

  • Author(s): Hunt, J.
  • Published: 2010
  • Volume: 45

Abstract: This article questions why the Labor Government has failed to fundamentally change the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) which it inherited from the Howard government, in the face of evidence which suggests that it is a development intervention unlikely to bring about sustained change. There are two major problems which this article highlights: the coercive and denigrating approach of the NTER, and its failure to address the need for Indigenous governance to drive lasting Indigenous development. Drawing on global research about the reduction of poverty and evidence about the social and economic development of native nations in other settler states, the article suggests that the NTER has been a missed opportunity for Indigenous development. Better policies would have been to address the barriers which Indigenous people identify as blocking their initiatives for development, and to support the essential work of building effective and legitimate community governance to drive development.

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Hunt, J. , 2010, Missed opportunity: the NTER and sustainable development outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, Volume:45, Journal Article, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3738.

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