The Hon Robert McClelland MP Attorney-General Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600
Social Justice Report 2009
I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2009.
The report is provided in accordance with section 46C(1) (a) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. This provides that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is to submit a report regarding the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders, and including recommendations as to the action that should be taken to ensure the exercise and enjoyment of human rights by those persons.
The focus of Social Justice Report 2009 is on justice reinvestment to reduce Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system; protection of Indigenous languages; and sustaining Aboriginal homeland communities.
Appendix 1 provides a chronology of events for 2008–2009; appendix 2 relates to chapter two on justice reinvestment, and appendices 3–5 relate to chapter three on Indigenous languages.
The report includes 12 recommendations for government in the three areas of Indigenous justice, Indigenous languages and homeland communities.
I look forward to discussing the report with you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission Level 8, Piccadilly Tower, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2001 GPO Box 5218, Sydney, NSW 1042 Telephone: 02 9284 9600 Facsimile: 02 9284 9611 Website: www.humanrights.gov.au