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Submissions on Interim Report for Comment (2002)

4 March 2002

Dr Michael Keating
Chair, Independent Review Committee
Review of Project Development Approvals System
PO Box 7606, Cloisters Square
Perth WA 6850

Dear Sir

Submissions on Interim
Report
for Comment

I refer to the above
interim report arising from the Review of Project Development Approvals
System by the Independent Review Committee and provide the enclosed submissions
in relation to the report. The recommendations arising from these submissions
are summarised in section 5.

I urge the Committee
to address, in its analysis of the development approval system in WA,
the human rights of Indigenous peoples and their relationship to that
system. The content and value of the Committee's final report will be
diminished if it contains material or recommendations that are inconsistent
with Indigenous human rights.

In the interests
of transparency and openness, I consider it useful for matters to be widely
discussed, which assists differing approaches in understanding. Accordingly,
I intend to provide copies of these submissions to various relevant parties,
and would be grateful for your views on this.

I also enclose, for
your information and reference, recent issues of the Native Title Report.
These reports, which comment on the Native Title Act and its effect on
Indigenous human rights, are provided to the Commonwealth Attorney-General
as required under the Native Title Act. The reports provide far greater
analysis of many of the matters I have only briefly mentioned in these
submissions.

If you have any questions
regarding this matter, please contact John Southalan. John's direct telephone
number is (02) 9284 9728, or you can use e-mail to <johnsouthalan@humanrights.gov.au>.

Yours faithfully

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

encl Submissions
of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
on Interim Report for Comment by Independent Review Committee.

Last updated12 June 2002.