The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
Canberra ACT 2600
I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2005. The report is provided in accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity 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 report analyses the current approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and proposes a campaign to achieve equality in health status (Chapter 2 and Appendix 4) and considers the initial impact of the new arrangements for the administration of Indigenous affairs (Chapter 3 and Appendices 1, 2 and 3).
The report includes five recommendations and also identifies five actions that I will continue to monitor over the coming year.
I look forward to discussing the report with you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner