lndigenous people, living in Australian towns and cities, have theoretically, access to the same infrastructure available to other residents in these urban conditions. However, around 35 per cent (around 100,000 people) of Australia's total indigenous population live in remote, discrete communities, most of the time without good standard of housing and infrastructure. It is surprising, that, the treatment of Aboriginal people has not attracted international censure as the history of Palm Island is a raw example of the failings of 'first world' government policy in respect of lndigenous people. Why is the situation in Australia so much worse than, let's say, for the lndigenous communities in New Zealand or Canada? The newly elected Australian Government and the community leaders on Palm Island need to be the agents of change and real progress, to give hope to the population and give them a chance at future economic development.
Indian Architect & Builder Vol. 21, Issue 8, p. 88-90