(Re)visiting the Corporate World: The Matrix Evolution

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Rose Michael


This article is a reflection on the author’s personal experience undertaking a corporate secondment to the remote Aboriginal community of Aurukun in 2001–02, working on the Family Income Management Scheme. She analyses the history, context and possible motivations of such programs, and considers how likely they are to halt the severe social dysfunction currently manifest. Her discussion focuses on the role of individual ‘blow-ins’ in light of her own experience and explores some of the ways in which change might be achieved—within employees such as herself, at least.

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Rose Michael, University of Melbourne

Rose Michael is a lecturer in the Publishing and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne and a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. She has recently co-established a hidden histories imprint, Arcade Publications, and published her first novel, The Asking Game (2007).