Professor Jon Altman has a disciplinary background in economics and anthropology. From 1983–90 he was a postdoctoral fellow, research fellow and senior research fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the HC Coombs Building.
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In this interview on The Wire radio program, Jon Altman discusses his recent submission to the Senate inquiry looking at the quality and efficiency of the current Indigenous advancement strategy.
The strategy, which was set up by the Abbott government, condensed 150 programs into just five. It was supposed to be more efficient, but organisations on the ground say they are not getting the funding they need.
Jon Altman notes that there was very little information for organisations who applied for funding on why their applications were rejected. He also argues that the previous national indigenous representative organisation, ATSIC allocated funds ‘a lot more transparently, a lot more efficiently and a lot more effectively than the current government’.
Listen to the interview in full, on The Wire website.