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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS—HUMAN RIGHTS

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 858—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the statement made by seven Coalition senators in their dissenting report in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee's report Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 [No. 2] that `the principle of "free, prior and informed consent" is a fundamental human rights principle for Indigenous peoples', and

  (ii) that the principle of `free, prior and informed consent' is reflected in Articles 19 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was recently endorsed by the Federal Government but has yet to be implemented in Australian law;

 (b) affirms the view that `free, prior and informed consent' is a fundamental human rights principle for Indigenous peoples; and

 (c) calls on all current and future Australian governments to ensure this principle is taken into account in developing, implementing and administering their laws and programs.

Question put and passed.

Statement by leave: Senator McEwen, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.