Disrupting the new orthodoxy : emergency intervention and Indigenous social policy

Thompson, Lester J. & Hill, Richard (2009) Disrupting the new orthodoxy : emergency intervention and Indigenous social policy. New Community Quarterly, 7(1), pp. 49-55.

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This article develops a critical analysis of the ideological framework that informed the Australian Federal government’s 2007 intervention into Northern Territory Indigenous communities (ostensibly to address the problem of child sexual abuse). Continued by recently elected Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, the NT ‘emergency response’ has aroused considerable public debate and scholarly inquiry. In addressing what amounts to a broad bi-partisan approach to Indigenous issues we highlight the way in which Indigenous communities are problematised and therefore subject to interventionist regimes that override differentiated Indigenous voices and intensify an internalised sense of rage occasioned by disempowering interventionist projects. We further argue that in rushing through the emergency legislation and suspending parts of the Racial Discrimination Act, the Howard and Rudd governments have in various ways perpetuated racialised and neo-colonial forms of intervention that override the rights of Indigenous people. Such policy approaches require critical understanding on the part of professions involved most directly in community practice, particularly when it comes to mounting effective opposition campaigns. The article offers a contribution to this end.

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ID Code: 31692
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social, Policy, Culture, Indigenous, Aboriginal
ISSN: 1448-0336
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 New Community Quarterly Association
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2010 01:58
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:07

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