Towards Closure? Coexistence, remoteness and righteousness in Indigenous policy in Australia

Richard Howitt*, Jessica McLean

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The policy framework claiming to support Indigenous people in remote parts of Australia is in disarray with Commonwealth, state and territory governments proposing closure of remote communities on a range of economic and social policy grounds, but facing significant criticism on economic, environmental, social and cultural grounds. Western Australia's proposal to close 150 remote communities, announced in late-2014, is reviewed and found to reveal a profound failure of geographical literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015


  • remoteness
  • locational disadvantage
  • Indigenous rights
  • Indigenous geographies

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