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Prospects For 'Closing The Gap' In Socioeconomic Outcomes For Indigenous Australians?

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  • JonC. Altman
  • Nicholas Biddle
  • BoydH. Hunter

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Practical reconciliation' and more recently 'closing the gap' have been put forward as frameworks on which to base and evaluate policies to address Indigenous disadvantage. This paper analyses national-level census-based data to examine trends in Indigenous wellbeing since 1971. There has been steady improvement in most socioeconomic outcomes in the last 35 years; a finding at odds with the current discourse of failure. Evidence of convergence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous outcomes, however, is not consistent. For some outcomes, relatively rapid convergence is predicted (within 25 years), but for the majority of outcomes, convergence is unlikely to occur within a generation, if at all. Copyright 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand 2009.

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  • JonC. Altman & Nicholas Biddle & BoydH. Hunter, 2009. "Prospects For 'Closing The Gap' In Socioeconomic Outcomes For Indigenous Australians?," Australian Economic History Review, Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 49(3), pages 225-251, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ozechr:v:49:y:2009:i:3:p:225-251
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