Australian Governance of Indigenous People: Neo-liberal, Social-conservative, Social-democrat, or Evidence-based?

By Lester J. Thompson.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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Published online: March 5, 2015 $US5.00

Identifiable marginalised groups can be vulnerable to the impact of government intervention programs. As such, Australia’s remote Indigenous social policy is better focused upon “client” needs than upon the neoliberal policy frameworks that some observers see as dominant. Ideological approaches to Australian governance are here considered as are policy implications for remote Indigenous people. Since these approaches have different strategic intentions, there is exploration of their social objectives against logic and Indigenous needs. As national policy implements macro-level change, the critical analysis contraindicates confident ideological interventions and recommends sensitivity and humility regarding policy development which maximises Indigenous quality of life.

Keywords: Social Policy, Social Work, Governance, Indigenous, Ideology

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.469KB)).

Dr. Lester J. Thompson

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Science, School of Arts and Social Science, Southern Cross University, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia