Indigenous Mobility and the Northern Territory Emergency Response

Andrew Taylor, Dean Carson

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A number of commentators have suggested that the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), introduced in June 2007, has promoted the movement of Northern Territory Indigenous people away from remote areas towards towns. Using both census and interview data the authors show that rural to urban movement in the Northern Territory has been well established since at least 1991. Mobility pattens are complex andmany moves are simply short-term. But the long-term trendamongst Indigenous people follows the rural to urban pattern that has been observed in numerous other locations within Australia and overseas. Indeed, in the short term the NTER is as likely to inhibit mobility from mom remote locations to urban centres as it is to promote it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
JournalPeople and Place
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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