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INQUIRY INTO GREENFIELDS EXPLORATION in WA (2002)

5 December 2002

Mr John Bowler
Member for Eyre
PO Box 2630
BOULDER WA 6432

BY E-MAIL and POST

Dear Mr Bowler

INQUIRY INTO
GREENFIELDS EXPLORATION in WA

Thank you for your
letter of 20 November 2002.

With reference to
my previous and on-going work with the mining industry, I wish to clarify
three points.

  • I support employment
    prospects for Indigenous people in the mining sector.
  • I believe that
    mineral exploration and the human rights of Indigenous interests can
    co-exist.
  • I do not regard
    industry as a threat to Indigenous Australians.

Nothing in my submissions
or correspondence to you is in conflict with these facts.

As noted in my earlier
submissions and correspondence, the majority of Commission's work is available
on our website. [1] My submissions to the inquiry are
posted on this website and I would also like to make available on the
website, copies of all correspondence passing between us (including this
letter). If you do not wish this to occur, I would be grateful if one
of your staff, within the next fortnight, contacted John Southalan to
discuss this matter. John is the Commission's Senior Policy Officer, Native
Title. John's direct telephone number is (02) 9284 9728, or you can use
e-mail to <johnsouthalan@humanrights.gov.au>.

Yours sincerely

Dr William Jonas
AM
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.


1.
<www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/native_title&gt;

Last updated 30 January 2003.