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Towards Closure? Coexistence, remoteness and righteousness in Indigenous policy in Australia

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The policy framework claiming to support Indigenous people in remote parts of Australia is in disarray with Commonwealth, state and territory governments proposing closure of remote communities on a range of economic and social policy grounds, but facing significant criticism on economic, environmental, social and cultural grounds. Western Australia's proposal to close 150 remote communities, announced in late-2014, is reviewed and found to reveal a profound failure of geographical literacy.
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Keywords: Indigenous geographies; Indigenous rights; locational disadvantage; remoteness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Macquarie University, Australia

Publication date: April 3, 2015

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