Closing the gap in tertiary education between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians has been an explicit policy objective of the Commonwealth Government since the 1988 Hughes Report. Whilst progress on COAG Closing the Gap targets is mixed and there are profound gaps in Year 12 attainment and ATAR rates, we know that once Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students get to university, success rates are approaching those of non-Indigenous students.
It is now nearly two decades since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommended that a determined effort be made by all Australian Governments to reduce the level of Indigenous over‑representation in prison. The disparity between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous imprisonment rates, however, is now wider than it has ever been. This article reviews research published over the last twenty years which calls into question both the Royal Commission’s analysis of the causes of Indigenous over‑representation in prison and subsequent policies adopted to reduce it.
Nicholas Biddle is a Fellow at CAEPR.
Reducing incarceration by testing Justice Reinvestment theory and methodology: an exploratory case study
Researchers from The Australian National University are working with the Cowra (NSW, 2794) community on a community-driven research project which explores the theory and research methodology of Justice Reinvestment as a way of reducing incarceration of juveniles.
The ANUPoll on Indigenous issues was conducted in September/October 2014 using a representative, Australia-wide sample of 1201 respondents. Interviewees were variously asked to rank the importance of Indigenous issues, to agree or disagree with statements about the circumstances of Indigenous people and recent policy approaches, and to indicate support or opposition to various forms of Indigenous recognition, including in the Constitution.
Researchers, including Matthew Gray and Rob Bray have just completed a major evaluation of “New Income Management” in the Northern Territory. The report of the evaluation was released in December 2014.
Tim Acker, Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation
School of History Seminar Series
Speaker: Frank Bongiorno, School of History, ANU
This year will mark four years since the commencement of the Syrian conflict. Lebanon was one of the first countries to open its borders, providing asylum for Syrian families fleeing the conflict. As Lebanon continues to deal with a growing number of Syrian refugees - numbering over one million - tensions between different sects within Lebanon have reached a critical point.
Are tried and tested narratives providing adequate explanations for the new challenges and changing circumstances in the Middle East and Central Asia?
The rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) on vast swathes of territories in Syria and Iraq, and the US-led military response to it, have introduced another complex dimension to an oil-rich but already very volatile Middle East. The old correlation of forces in support of maintaining the status quo, especially following the Iranian revolution more than 35 years ago, has been changing.
Dr Laurajane Smith,
ARC Future Fellow, School of Archaeology & Anthropology,
The Australian National University,
Larry Saha Room 2175 Haydon-Allen Building
Dr Brian R. Cook, Department of Resource Management and Geography, School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne,
Larry Saha Seminar Room 2175, Level 2, Haydon-Allen Building, The Australian National University,
Macquarie University, Larry Saha Seminar Room 2175, Level 2, Haydon-Allen Building,
The Australian National University,
The Caliph, the Imam and the mates: Cyber Islam and the formation of second generation migrant's national identity in Australia
Ghada Wadeisa, PhD Candidate,
School of Sociology, ANU,
Larry Saha Room, Haydon Allen Building #2175