Calma calls for new Indigenous Representative Body

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has used an issues paper to call on the federal Government to have a new National Indigenous Representative Body up-and-running within 12 months.

The Issues Paper, Building a Sustainable National Indigenous Representative Body, was prepared by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission referencing research commissioned from the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University.

Mr Calma said the paper is"not about reviving ATSIC", but believes the current system "is simply not working and the status quo is not an option."

"To be successful the new body must have a clearly defined mandate and function," Mr Calma said. "And where the body has made a determination on behalf of Indigenous people, its views and independence should be respected."
15th july 2008

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