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Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2004]

Part 3 A process to identify and resolve issues for reconciliation

6   A National Reconciliation Convention

             (1)  ATSIC must use its best endeavours to ensure that a National Reconciliation Convention is held within one year after the commencement of this Act and every 3 years for 12 years after the first Convention is held.

             (2)  Participation in a National Reconciliation Convention is to be determined by:

                     (a)  the Minister; and

                     (b)  a body chosen by the Minister as representative of the wider community in relation to reconciliation; and

                     (c)  ATSIC.

             (3)  In determining who should attend a National Reconciliation Convention, the entities referred to in subsection (2) must have regard to these criteria:

                     (a)  at least 50% of delegates must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; and

                     (b)  the entire composition of the delegates must show fair representation of the Australian population by gender and geographical location.

             (4)  The agenda at a National Reconciliation Convention must be negotiated between:

                     (a)  the Minister; and

                     (b)  a body chosen by the Minister as representative of the wider community in relation to reconciliation; and

                     (c)  ATSIC;

having regard to the functions of the Convention under section 7.

7   The functions of a National Reconciliation Convention

             (1)  The functions of a National Reconciliation Convention are to:

                     (a)  discuss reports and consultations carried out in preparation for the Convention; and

                     (b)  report on and discuss implementation of recommendations from any previous Convention; and

                     (c)  identify and prioritise unresolved issues for reconciliation for discussion and action; and

                     (d)  debate and recommend appropriate action to resolve unresolved issues for reconciliation identified under paragraph (c).

             (2)  In carrying out the functions under subsection (1), delegates to a National Reconciliation Convention must have regard to events and issues at the local, regional, State and Territory level.

             (3)  In identifying issues for discussion and action, delegates must have regard to, but are not limited by:

                     (a)  issues identified in the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation; and

                     (b)  issues identified by the Minister, the body chosen by the Minister under paragraph 6(2)(b) as representative of the wider community in relation to reconciliation, and ATSIC; and

                     (c)  issues related to or arising from national negotiations or agreements between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians; and

                     (d)  issues related to or arising from State, Territory, regional or local negotiations or agreements between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians; and

                     (e)  matters arising from reports prepared under Division 1 of Part 5; and

                      (f)  any other issue considered relevant to the progress of reconciliation.