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Wednesday, 23 October 2002
Page: 5736

Senator CROSSIN (Northern Territory) (3.45 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the signing of the 1997 National Communiqué to progress Indigenous Justice issues by the Northern Territory Government confirming its commitment to reducing the over-representation of Indigenous people in all stages of the criminal justice system;

(b) recognises that the 1997 communiqué commits all signatories to addressing customary law and its relationship with the criminal justice system;

(c) notes that, in accordance with Australian and international law, Aboriginal customary law should be recognised consistently with universally-recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms; and

(d) acknowledges that the Northern Territory Government is working in partnership with Indigenous people in moving to conduct an inquiry into Aboriginal customary law and its relationship with the criminal justice system.

Question agreed to.