Native Title Report 2006
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05 April 2007
The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2006.
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 the Australian Government’s economic reform agenda on Indigenous communal land by assessing the appropriateness of the reforms to the geographical and human contexts of remote Indigenous Australia. I also provide an assessment of the land leasing provisions in the amended Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth) and an analysis of the Australian Government’s Indigenous home ownership and enterprise development policies.
The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving economic development opportunities for Indigenous people. It also includes five case studies that document a range of Australian agreements and enterprises aim to stimulate economic development on Indigenous land.
I look forward to discussing the report with you.
Mr Tom Calma
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner