Can Australian Indigenous peoples and Neoliberalism work together?

Stream: Panel 19 - Australian Politics / Media & Politics: Indigenous Rights in Australia
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm


Neoliberalism economic policy has been implemented in many countries around the world. It has been called Thatcherism, Reaganomics and Thatcherism with heart (Jones, 2006), in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia respectively, also we might hear the term conservative economic policy. What happens when Neoliberalism is implemented in Australian Indigenous communities and their peoples? An example of this is the issue of the 99 years leases that was one many policies argued by the Howard government during the Intervention, that was implemented after the Little Children are Scared report was released by the Northern Territory Government. Further, it will look at how Neoliberism economic policies has been implemented within Indigenous communities in Queensland and New South Wales too. I will look at the history of neoliberal economic policy, how it is implemented within Australia and within Indigenous Australian communities.


Neil MacDonald (Presenter), University of Canberra