Evidence? What Evidence? Government Policy Development and the Northern Territory Intervention

Jumbunna IHl Research Unit UTS
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Ngiya: Talk the Law, 2012, 3 (1), pp. 13 - 57
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Notwithstanding governments' assertions to thc contrary, the gap between the evidence of what provides sustainable economic, social and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torrcs Strait Islander peoples', and government policies appears to be widening. Consecutive Australian Governmcnts have stated and continue to argue that they arc committcd to an evidencc-based approach to developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy. They claim to have rejected ideological based policy in order to 'look to the cvidence of what works and what does not work' to 'what is successful in overcoming indigenous disadvantage" Howcvcr, rarely does any government idcntifY the evidence that provides the basis for policy. This paper seeks to identifY the principles - emerging from thc evidence - that should frame Indigenous policy.
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