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Native Title and Social Justice reports tabled.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au/ag

14 June 2007 110/2007

NATIVE TITLE & SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORTS TABLED

The Native Title Report 2006 and Social Justice Report 2006 were tabled in Parliament, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced today.

The reports were prepared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in accordance with the requirements of the Native Title Act 1993 and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986.

The Native Title Report 2006 includes an analysis of case studies of Indigenous agreements and enterprise.

Like the 2005 report, the Social Justice Report 2006 focuses on the progress made implementing the Government’s arrangements for administering Indigenous affairs since they were introduced in 2004. The report also examines recent developments concerning the rights of indigenous peoples at the international level.

Reducing Indigenous disadvantage is a key priority for the Government. In 2007-08, the Australian Government will spend a record $3.5 billion on programmes and services to address Indigenous disadvantage. The latest Budget contains 26 Indigenous-specific initiatives focusing on housing, education, early childhood, and economic independence.

Both reports deal with issues that fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs. Mr Brough will provide further comment on the areas that affect his portfolio.

The Government thanks the Commissioner for his contribution to public discussion on these important issues.

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