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ATSIC funds independent scrutiny of its own programs



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To: Political editor PLS Resource Development

10 August 1998

ATSIC funds independent scrutiny of its own programs

ATSIC A/g CEO, Mr Glenn Rees, today signed a new funding agreement with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University,

“ATSIC and the Australian National University are today continuing a very productive partnership begun in 1990,” Mr Rees said.

“CAEPR produces high-quality, independent and objective research on issues of national significance and international interest”

The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, co-funded by ATSIC, the Department o f Social Security and ANU, focuses on the area of economic development for Indigenous people, and ranges over many issues related to it — for

example, native title and labour market programs.

“Quality research not only helps ATSIC to improve its program and service delivery,” Mr Rees said. “In the current political environment it is also a vital resource to answer those who attack Indigenous programs and their effectiveness.

“Among the reasons ATSIC funds CAEPR is to scrutinise the impact o f our own programs in improving the socio-economic status o f Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.

“It is a form of scrutiny that we welcome. It is based on facts, not prejudice; the results are stimulating and constructive.”

“1 congratulate CAEPR on their results so far, and look forward to a long working relationship.”

Mr Rees signed the agreement with the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Deane Terrell, in the presence of CAEPR’s Director, Professor Jon Altman. Under the agreement ATSIC will fund CAEPR for a further five years from 1 January 1999. A similar funding agreement was recently signed between CAEPR and the Department of Social Security.

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