Native Title Report 2005
16 December 2005
The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
Canberra ACT 2600
I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2005.
The report is provided in accordance with section 209 of the Native Title Act 1993. In light of recent developments in land rights during the reporting period, I have also examined the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islander persons in accordance with section 46(1)(a) of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986.
The report examines some of the issues that have arisen during the debate around the National Indigenous Council Land Tenure Principles (NIC Principles) and proposed changes to the communal nature of land interests to promote individual home ownership. The report assesses the proposal to lease Indigenous communally owned land against human rights standards, existing land rights regimes and economic factors that will influence the effectiveness of the NIC Principles.
The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving economic development on Indigenous land that respect and uphold Australias human rights obligations, including further development and implementation of the principles for economic and social development as set out in the Native Title Report 2004.
I look forward to discussing the report with you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner