Informit article: Indigenous policy ‘Reform’

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Reviving the settler-colonial project in remote Indigenous Australia.

It is becoming increasingly common for the Australian governments to announce unpopular policy reform late on a Friday or early on a Saturday with a judicious ‘exclusive’ pre-release to The Australian newspaper. And so it was on 6 December 2014 when proposals to radically reform the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) from 1 July 2015 were announced: ‘Remote dole rules [to be] twice as tough’ screamed the page 1 headline, picking up the key element: a tough new paternalistic regime. The media release by Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, was more benignly titled, ‘More opportunities for job seekers in remote communities’.

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