Ideology, Evidence and Competing Principles in Australian Indigenous Affairs: From Brough to Rudd via Pearson and the NTER by ProQuest

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									Ideology, Evidence and Competing
Principles in Australian Indigenous Affairs:
From Brough to Rudd via Pearson and the
NTER
Will Sanders



  This paper tracks the recent rise of an ‘ideology vs evidence’ discourse as a
  way of describing good and bad Indigenous affairs policy. It suggests that a
  more useful way of thinking about Indigenous affairs is the analytic of three
  competing principles: equality, choice and guardianship. The paper suggests
  that dominant debates in Indigenous affairs balance these principles and
  move between them over time. Using a fourfold categorisation of ideological
  tendencies, it also suggests that different tendencies of thought about settler
  society and its relations with Indigenous societies occupy different positions
  in relation to the three competing principles. F
								
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