Jun 3, 2013

Searching for the ‘real’ economy on Cape York

The expectation that CDEP participants will engage with market capitalism has failed, writes Professor Jon Altman at ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

The Cape York Welfare Reform Evaluation 2012 is a thorough 369-page document that is the culmination of an extraordinary reporting process: there are now eight reports on the website of the Department of Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs, totalling over 1000 pages.

Even before it was made public, the evaluation was subject to a highly politicised debate about whether the Queensland government would continue to support the trial for a further two years beyond 2013. The trial is described as:

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