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Advertising for a chief executive officer for the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) makes a mockery of the consultation process



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shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

^ Chris MILESCOMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY Liu RAP f C. I. s.

Chris Miles, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, today- said that the weekend advertising for a Chief Executive Officer for the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) makes a mockery of the consultation

process on the proposal.

'This Government is renowned for government by media release, yet, on this occasion we find an announcement in a job advertisement - pre-empting Parliament's authorisation and consultations with Aboriginal people.'

'Even before the consultations are complete the Minister is committing his Government to establishing the new

super-Commission come what may.'

'The Government's decision to make this appointment indicates that its commitment to Aboriginal self-management is superficial. Unlike the Aboriginal Development Commission, ATSIC will not be allowed to choose its own Chief Executive Officer. It will have to live with a ministerial appointee - perhaps a ministerial pawn - for up

to 5 years.'

'The Government is showing contempt for the Aboriginal people and the Parliament and should immediately halt the recruitment process.'

'The Minister should come, clean on his agenda, abandon the

pretence of the whole proposal being open to consultation and make a clear statement on what parts of his package

remain negotiable.'

CONTACT: Stephen Wade (062) 72 6636 or 72 7672

February 23rd, 1988 AA/88/9