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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 1965


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:54): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (National Congress) was formed in 2010 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders after the abolition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in 2005;

(b) acknowledges that the National Congress has a board of elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

(c) recognises that the National Congress is in a dire financial position; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Indigenous Affairs to fund the National Congress for three years at a cost of $15 million, and establish an interest-bearing sinking fund of $100 million to ensure that the National Congress is able to continue its vital work beyond the three year electoral cycle.