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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Page: 1066

Senator CHRIS EVANS (Western AustraliaMinister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (17:23): I understand that as part of the consultation on the bill FaHCSIA was consulted about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and they provided some advice about the application to Australia and to our handling of the bill. As you know, Australia has not ratified the declaration but supported it. We think we operate consistent with those principles. But the department did consult with FaHCSIA about the applicability and consistency with the declaration.