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Aboriginal Australia an Economic History of Failed Welfare Policy

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Aboriginal welfare policy of recent decades has been widely rejected as a failure. Radically different policies are now being trialed, in recognition of the continuing large gap between indigenous and non-indigenous living standards. Some Aboriginal leaders themselves have called for a rejection of the passive welfare policies of the past, in acceptance of a Friedman-style critique of ‘money for nothing’ welfare handouts, while nonetheless calling for a Sen-style capabilities approach to the policy needs of the future.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series Discussion Papers Series with number 371.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:qld:uq2004:371

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