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Transmittal Letter

23 December 2009

The Hon Robert McClelland MP
Attorney-General
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Attorney

I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2009 in accordance with section 209 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

I have also used this opportunity to examine the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in light of other changes to policy and legislation made between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 in accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth).

The Report is focused on three main topics. First, I give an overview of changes to native title law and policy, and summarise key cases that were decided during the reporting period. Secondly, I consider principles that should underpin a new approach to native title law and policy. I also highlight aspects of the native title system that require reform. Finally, I review developments in Indigenous land tenure reform.

I look forward to discussing the Report with you.

Yours sincerely

Tom Calma
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Australian