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Driver training and licensing issues for indigenous people.

Somssich, E

Aboriginal / Community


This paper looks at some of the impacts of legislative change, the Federal government intervention and other political policies and the way they have impacted on driver training and licensing programs in remote areas of the NT from a practitioner’s point of view. It further looks at the long term social costs some of these well meaning policies have on marginalised community groups such as the indigenous people in the Northern Territory, how not having a licence can have a roll-on effect on road safety outcomes and overall disfunctionality, loss of empowerment and community disengagement.

This paper also looks at how some of these policy issues fly in the face of previous lessons learnt when trying to empower and engage indigenous people rather creating yet more barriers.