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Social justice report 2010

Posted on: 14 February, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
Related to Justice Policies Infants and young children Alcohol use

Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)
Social justice report 2010
Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

The Social justice report 2010 reviews developments in the exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the year July 2009 to July 2010. The 2010 report comprises three chapters, each dealing in a different way with the common threads of ‘relationship-building’ and ‘effective engagement’. In chapter 1 the Commissioner outlines his key priorities for his term as Social Justice Commissioner, before presenting an argument and framework for the implementation of the United Nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia.

Chapter 2 is concerned with the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. The Commissioner proposes constitutional recognition as a significant way to make real and tangible changes for all Australians. Included in this chapter are recommendations for a successful referendum, specifically emphasising the importance of engagement and education.

Chapter 3 is a case study of recent successes in the Fitzroy Valley, including community-led alcohol restrictions, an innovation model of local governance and a local community project to address Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. How these successes in Fitzroy Valley can be applied to the wider delivery of government programs and services is considered.

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