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Native Title Report 2010

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Transmittal Letter

14 January 2011

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

Dear Attorney

Native Title Report 2010

I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2010 (the Report), which I
have prepared in accordance with section 209 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
The Report reviews developments in native title law and policy from 1 July 2009
to 30 June 2010 (the Reporting Period).

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 during the Reporting Period. I have done so in
accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Act 1986
(Cth).

In the Report, I identify the priorities and issues in native title that I will focus
on during my term as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner.

I also analyse the Australian Government’s reforms, and proposed reforms, to
promote agreement-making within the native title system.
Finally, I consider steps that can be taken to improve government consultation
processes concerning matters that may affect our lands, territories and resources.

I look forward to discussing the Report with you.

Yours sincerely

Mick Gooda
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner