Articles by: Douglas W Bird

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The Real Cost of Closing Remote Communities, by Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird and Rebecca Bliege Bird

Doing the sums on the contribution made by traditional Aboriginal economies

Informit: The real cost of closing remote communities

Western Australia has been in the midst of an economic boom fuelled by industries based on resource extraction, a boom that may now be busting. Alongside this giant, a quieter economic engine based on resource extraction chugs along: the customary sector of local Aboriginal economies. While the former is largely responsible for Australia's recent economic prosperity, the latter either goes unnoticed or is dismissed as a 'lifestyle choice'. However, only one of these economic sectors…