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Author Ganter, Elizabeth.

Title Reluctant representatives : Blackfella bureaucrats speak in Australia's north / Elizabeth Ganter.

Imprint Canberra : ANU Press, 2016.

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Description 1 online resource (xix, 210 pages) : illustrations.
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computer c rdamedia
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Series Research monograph. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University ; number 37
Research monograph (Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research) ; no. 37.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 'Just bums on seats'? -- The Northern Territory's turnstile ticker -- Accepting the representative invitation -- The limits of acceptance -- Sustainable selves : recognition and role modelling -- Speaking truth to theory.
Note Print version record.
Summary 'How can you make decisions about Aboriginal people when you can't even talk to the people you've got here that are blackfellas?' So 'Sarah', a senior Aboriginal public servant, imagines a conversation with the Northern Territory Public Service. Her question suggests tensions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have accepted the long-standing invitation to join the ranks of the public service. Reluctant Representatives gives us a rare glimpse into the working world of the individuals behind the Indigenous public sector employment statistics. This empathetic expose of the challenges of representative bureaucracy draws on interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have tried making it work. Through Ganter's engaging narration, we learn that the mere presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the public service is not enough. If bureaucracies are to represent the communities they serve, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public servants need to be heard and need to know their people are heard.
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Government relations.
Torres Strait Islanders -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Government relations.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Politics and government.
Torres Strait Islanders -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Politics and government.
Representative government and representation -- Australia -- Northern Territory.
Australia -- Politics and government -- Citizen participation.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- World -- Australian & Oceanian.
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations. (OCoLC)fst00794522
Aboriginal Australians -- Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst00794551
Politics and government -- Citizen participation. (OCoLC)fst01919751
Representative government and representation. (OCoLC)fst01094941
Torres Strait Islanders -- Government relations. (OCoLC)fst01152832
Torres Strait Islanders -- Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01152845
Northern Territory. (OCoLC)fst01212709
Australia. (OCoLC)fst01204543
Genre/Form Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Ganter, Elizabeth. Reluctant representatives : Blackfella bureaucrats speak in Australia's north. Canberra : ANU Press, 2016 9781760460327
ISBN 9781760460334 (electronic bk.)
1760460338 (electronic bk.)
9781760460327
176046032X

 
    
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