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Native title report 2010

Posted on: 14 February, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
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Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)
Native title report 2010
Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

The Native title report 2010 reviews developments in native title law and policy from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010. The report also identifies the priorities and issues in native title that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner will focus on during his term as Commissioner.

The report is divided into three chapters that are each concerned with the common threads of ‘relationship-building’ and ‘effective engagement’ which also flow through the companion Social justice report 2010. In chapter 1 the commissioner outlines the priorities and themes which he will focus on during his term, including how the United Nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples will guide his work.

Chapter 2 is primarily concerned with how governments can reach just and fair agreements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The initiatives that the Australian Government has recently undertaken to build and maintain relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are considered and further reforms suggested.

Chapter 3 focuses upon consultation, cooperation and free, prior and informed consent. How this relates to the development of a ‘special measure’ under the Racial discrimination act 1975 (Cth) is then considered. Finally the Commissioner analyses the consultation processes undertaken in relation to the Native title amendment bill (No 2) 2009 (Cth) and the Northern Territory national emergency responses act 2007 (Cth).

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