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What social, political, and economic issues affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? How do these issues impede daily life, particularly in relation to the workplace?

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face many challenges that can often impact their experiences in the workplace. Let's look at some examples to get you started on this assignment.

We can begin by thinking about some of the social, political, and economic issues that affect this group of people. Social issues are those that affect people's relationships with each other and with the community as a whole. Political issues refer to people's participation in the government. Economic issues, of course, are all about people's ability (or not) to make a living.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face many such challenges, including poverty, violence, unemployment, discrimination, isolation, criminal activity, substance abuse, disability, a lack of educational opportunity, and a poor voting history.

These issues can also impact the working life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A lack of education, for instance, can lead to a restriction to low-paying jobs. Substance abuse can affect work efficiency and lead to job loss, as can criminal activity. High unemployment rates might contribute to decisions to stay in burdensome or unsatisfactory jobs out of a fear of not finding something better.

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