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Capabilities, Rights and Justice in the Context of Australian Aboriginal Welfare Policy


  • Alan Duhs
  • Laura Davidoff


Since white settlement of Australia in 1788, the Aboriginal community has remained a conspicuously disadvantaged minority group. Decades of Federal and State government welfare policies have not prevented alcoholism, domestic violence and unemployment from undermining life in Aboriginal communities. Radically different policies are now being trialled, in recognition that a social emergency exists and in recognition that ‘money for nothing’ welfare handouts have not succeeded in developing human capabilities in Aboriginal communities. Despite the 2008 ‘sorry day’ apology, emotional hurts still run deep, and perceived injustices continue to impact upon the recognition of Aboriginal rights and the advancement of Aboriginal capabilities.

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  • Alan Duhs & Laura Davidoff, 2010. "Capabilities, Rights and Justice in the Context of Australian Aboriginal Welfare Policy," Forum for Social Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(1), pages 23-31, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:fosoec:v:39:y:2010:i:1:p:23-31
    DOI: 10.1007/s12143-009-9048-7

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