Aboriginal Land Rights Bill "condemned" by UN rapporteur on housing - Greens

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has announced a preliminary report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, Miloon Kothari, was "highly critical" of the government's approach to Aboriginal housing and the changes to the NT Land Rights Act passed through the Senate on 16/08/2006.

"Mr Kothari gave what he described as a 'strong assessment' of the state of Indigenous housing, stating that some of the situation he had seen were '...among the worst in the world,'" Senator Siewert said. "He called for a human rights approach to Indigenous housing, saying that it was a 'humanitarian problem' in Australia because it has continued unchecked for decades."

According to Senator Siewert, Mr Kothari's report comes on the back of strong criticism of the Government's approach by Land Councils, traditional owners, the community, Greens, ALP and Democrats.

16 August, 2006

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