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Special Measures in Indigenous Welfare Reform: Examining the Cape York Trial

Smyth, Colleen (2011) Special Measures in Indigenous Welfare Reform: Examining the Cape York Trial. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7(27), pp. 12-19.

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    Abstract

    The Cape York Welfare Reform (‘CYWR’) trial was due to expire at the end of 2011. In October 2011, the Queensland Government voted to extend the trial until the end of 2013. In November 2011, the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs announced changes to the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (Cth) that will extend another similar welfare reform, the School Enrolment and Attendance through Welfare Reform Measure (‘SEAM’), throughout other parts of Australia. This article examines the CYWR with reference to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (‘RDA’), using the data available in the publications from the Family Responsibilities Commission (‘FRC’).It finds no clear evidence that the reforms have been effective in improving social conditions thus far and, as such, serious concerns as to whether the CYWR breaches the RDA.

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    ID Code: 48450
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: welfare, social services, indigenous, cape york, australia, reform
    ISSN: 1328-5475
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
    Current > Schools > School of Law
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Indigenous Law Centre.
    Deposited On: 06 Feb 2012 14:38
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 14:38

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