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Social Justice Report 2004 and Native title Report 2004 tabled in Parliament.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS THE HON SENATOR AMANDA VANSTONE

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

8 April 2005 059/2005

SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORT 2004 AND NATIVE TITLE REPORT 2004 TABLED IN PARLIAMENT

The Australian Government tabled the Social Justice Report 2004 and the Native Title Report 2004 prepared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in Parliament today.

Reducing Indigenous disadvantage is a national priority for the Government. In 2004-2005, the Australian Government will spend a record $2.9 billion on programs and services to address the disadvantaged circumstances of Indigenous Australians.

The Government notes that the Social Justice Report’s acknowledgement of the wide scale and innovation of the Government’s new arrangements for the administration of Indigenous affairs

Concerns raised by the Commissioner, based on an examination of the arrangements in the first few months of the implementation of these significant reforms, are already being addressed by the Government.

Significant steps have been taken since the Commissioner’s report was finalised, with the completion of the first batch of Shared Responsibility Agreements.

The Government welcomes the focus of the Native Title Report on the economic and social development outcomes that may be generated through the native title system. We are pleased to note the Commissioner's proposal to consult further with the Australian Government and State and Territory Governments about these issues.

The Government thanks the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Social Justice Commissioner for the reports and acknowledges the important work of the Commissioner in helping to draw attention to these important issues.

Media Contacts: Charlie McKillop (Mr Ruddock’s office) 0419 278 715

Kevin Donnellan (Senator Vanstone’s office) 0417 445 886