Australian Bureau of Statistics
4179.3 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Torres Strait Islanders, Queensland, 1994
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Torres Strait Island life is different: ABS survey
Life is different for Islanders living on Torres Strait Islands to those living on the mainland, according to a publication released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Torres Strait Islanders living on Torres Strait Islands (Islanders) have a stronger sense of culture and identity than mainland dwelling Islanders (Mainlanders) in Queensland. More Islanders (93 per cent) than Mainlanders (79 per cent) also recognise the existence of an Indigenous homeland.
The publication National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Torres Strait Islanders, Queensland was jointly prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Research of the Australian National University. It is the most recent ABS publication based on data collected by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey conducted in 1994.
Other indicators were that:
The publication says the differences between Islanders and Mainlanders probably reflects the differing social and economic environments. For example, Islanders in the Strait tend to live in small, remote island communities in which facilities are relatively limited, while those on the mainland often live in urban coastal areas where a fuller range of services is available.
Details are in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Torres Strait Islander Queensland (cat.no. 4179.3) available from ABS bookshops.
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