This book describes current Indigeus affairs policy in Australia, concentrating on the period since the end of ATSIC in 2004. It provides a unique overview of the trajectory of current policy, with Sullivan advancing a new consolidated approach to Indigeus policy which moves beyond the debate over self-determination and assimilation. Instead, he suggests that the interests of Indigeus peoples, settlers and immigrants are fundamentally shared, and proposes adaptation on both sides, but particularly for the descendants of settlers and immigrants, to allow them to embrace the framing of their identity by Indigeus presence. Sullivan is also critical of the remote control of Indigeus lives from metropolitan centres, with long lines of bureaucratic oversight that are inherently maladaptive and inefficient, and he proposes regional measures for policy implementation and accountability. This book's empirical studies of current policy implementation advance the body of kwledge in the underdeveloped field of the anthropology of policy and public administration.
Dr Patrick Sullivan is currently a research fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Adjunct Professor at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU).