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Code of Conduct ' for visitors to Indigenous communities

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Media Release Jackie Kelly Minister for Sport and Tourism Tuesday, 3 August 1999 99 176


Former Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Dodson, is to develop a ‘code of conduct’ for tourists visiting indigenous communities.

Announcing Mr Dodson’s appointment today, along with that of Ms Toni Bauman o f Dodson Bauman and Associates, Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism, Jackie Kelly, said the Code would be distributed widely to international and Australian tourists to help them better appreciate culturally sensitive indigenous tourism.

“This will not be a long list of do’s and don’ts for tourists, but a simple and informative way o f letting people know how they can respect this very rich and very complex culture,” Minister Kelly said.

“Australia uses images of indigenous people and indigenous culture very heavily in its overseas promotions and the level o f interest is enormous ~ and growing.

“The development of this Code of Conduct will help ensure that a visit to an indigenous community is an enriching experience, not only for the tourist but also for the members o f that community.”

Minister Kelly said the Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Industry Strategy had recommended that such a Code be developed.

“It is critical that indigenous people have significant input to, and ownership o f this important document and I am sure Mr Dodson will do a mighty job in that respect.

“A key part of his role will be to ensure that indigenous communities are consulted about the Code, its content, how it will be used and how it will affect them.”

The Minister said that as well as creating economic opportunities for indigenous communities, tourism can play a vital role in preserving and reinvigorating cultural traditions, and promoting cultural understanding.

“I hope that the new Code will help indigenous people feel more confident about becoming involved in tourism, and that their cultural traditions will be valued and respected,” she said

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