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Statement concerning the terms of reference of an inquiry into the NACC



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minister for aboriginal A ffairs

C anberra . A.C.T. 2600

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, THE HON. R.I. VINER, CONCERNING THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF AN INQUIRY INTO THE NACC.

The Government is to conduct an Inquiry into the NACC. It will appoint a committee of four people, at least three of whom will be Aboriginals. The Chairman of the Inquiry will be a person familiar with the

traditional organisation of Aboriginal society.

The terms of reference to the Committee are :

"To examine and report to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on the role and structure of the NACC with a view to : '

i) advising on its role in relation to Government;

ii) assessing the effectiveness with which the NACC has represented Aboriginal opinions to Government and provided advice to Government on policies and programmes in Aboriginal Affairs;

iii) recommending changes in the composition, structure and functions of the NACC or suggesting other forms of Aboriginal body or bodies with the object of ensuring that . Aboriginals can play a significant role at

a national level in :

(a) setting long term goals and objectives which the Government should pursue and the programmes it should adopt in Aboriginal Affairs;

(b) setting priorities for expenditure on Aboriginal Affairs within the context of overall budget allocations;

(c) evaluating existing programs, and formulating new’ ones;

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iv) recommending ways in which costs might be reduced in particular by changes in its structure, the methods of selection or election of members and the funding of its activities, without detracting from its effectiveness.

The Inquiry should take account in particular of existing or developing arrangements for the involvement of Aboriginals at local, regional, State and national levels in the management of their own affairs, the setting of their own goals, the shaping of programmes and

the determination of priorities for expenditure and should seek to identify ways in which a national advisory body might relate to systems of consultation and advice established at other levels and for special purposes. "

5th March, 1976