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Monday, 14 March 2005
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Debate resumed from 10 March, on motion by Senator Ellison:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Senators Carr, Ridgeway and Nettle had moved by way of an amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate:

(a)   notes:

(i)   that the Government’s ‘practical reconciliation’ agenda has failed to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians,

(ii)   that there is no evidence that mainstreaming of service delivery will in any way help to address Indigenous disadvantage,

(iii)   the Government’s failure to advance the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,

(iv)   the Government’s failure to negotiate a treaty with Indigenous Australians or to guarantee self-determination for Australia’s Indigenous people, and

(v)   that the abolition of Indigenous representative organisations will serve to further marginalise Australia’s Indigenous citizens;