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Thursday, 17 June 2004
Page: 24025

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows;

That the current intention of the Government to abolish the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to exercise their right of self self-determination and self-management, will severely disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Your petitioners request that the Senate;

1. oppose any legislation for the abolition of ATSIC unless and until an alternative elected representative structure, developed and approved by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is put in place and which would, at the same time assume the function of ATSIC.

2. oppose any move to appoint an advisory committee as contrary to the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to elect their own representatives.

3. oppose any move to diminish, dismantle, destroy and/or erode the principles of self-determination and self-management since any such action would turn back the clock on hard won rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

4. strongly defend these rights of self-determination and self-management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people previously supported by the Australian Parliament.

5. oppose any move to main-stream services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as this too would severely disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

by Senator Allison (from 25 citizens)
by Senator Jacinta Collins (from 76 citizens)
by Senator Nettle (from 26 citizens).