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Rachel Siewert National Indigenous Representative Body a step in the right direction - Greens Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert

Friday 28th August 2009, 10:32am

in Indigenous Rights

The Greens today welcomed the release of the proposed model for a national Indigenous representative by the

Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma.

"There are some interesting and positive ideas which we believe deserve careful consideration," said Australian

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Certainly the idea of ensuring the body is independent from Government is essential. The balance of gender

equity, youth representation, elder and cultural custodian involvement is also very important."

"We believe it represents the step in the right direction."

"However, a national consultative body, with no real decision making authority or access to resources is a long

way from the principles of self-determination as advocated by the United Nations declaration of Indigenous

rights," said Senator Siewert.

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