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Indigenous Peoples and the Australian census: value, trust, and participation


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Williamson, B, Prehn, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0237-1513, Walter, MM ORCID: 0000-0002-8028-5274, Lovett, R, Bodkin-Andrews, G, Maher, B, Lee-Ah Mat, V and Jones, R 2021 , 'Indigenous Peoples and the Australian census: value, trust, and participation' , Australian Population Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.37970/aps.v5i2.89.

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In this commentary we, as a group of Indigenous academics, trace the relationship between the Australian census and Indigenous peoples, addressing historical and present dimensions through the dual lens of value and trust. Although we come from various disciplines including statistics, public health, social science, and human geography, our approach and analysis is firmly rooted in, and builds upon, postcolonial demography that Kukutai & Taylor (2012 p. 14) state, “highlights the epistemological and methodological shortcomings of applied demographic research on Indigenous peoples, and generates calls for more innovative approaches.”

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Williamson, B and Prehn, J and Walter, MM and Lovett, R and Bodkin-Andrews, G and Maher, B and Lee-Ah Mat, V and Jones, R
Keywords: Indigenous data sovereignty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, knowledge, Indigenous data governance, power
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Population Studies
Publisher: Charles Darwin University
ISSN: 2208-8482
DOI / ID Number: 10.37970/aps.v5i2.89
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© Williamson et al. 2021. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence 3.0 Australia (CC BY-NC 3.0 AU) licence. (

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