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Monday, 14 September 2009
Page: 6449


Senator SIEWERT (6:13 PM) —I thank the minister. I am wondering whether the government are setting a timeline for an assessment of whether they are achieving their objectives based on when they think these changes will have been in practice long enough to enable such an assessment. The act has been in place for 15 years and a number of us argue it has not delivered enough benefits to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. I am keen to know if a timeline has been put in place for an assessment to enable us to say, ‘Okay, these changes are being effective,’ or ‘No, they’re not.’ What is that timeline? Are we leaving it another 15 years? Are we doing it in three or five?