Rural Disadvantage in Australia: A Human Rights Perspective

Matthew Tonts, A-C. Larsen

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    Compared with city dwellers, populations in rural and remote areas of Australia have traditionally been disadvantaged regarding employmet opportunities, income, service provision and access to welfare assistance. Recently various 'vulnerable' sectors of the rural population including women, the elderly, the disabled, children and youths have been identified internationally as requiring special governmental attention. Attention has been turned th the disadvantages and special needs of indigenous Austrlians living in rural and remote areas. Despite this, key services continue to be withdrawn from non metropolitan Australia. This article explores rural and remote disadvantage for indigenous and non-indigenous populations using housing, health and education as case studies. It argues that the human rights model has the potential to provide an international perspective from which to evaluate governmental and non-governmental actions and programmes, promote a source of norms to be incorporated into Australia's legal system, and provide a driving force to ensure that the rights of rural people are met.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-141
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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