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Transmittal Letter

28 October 2011

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

Dear Attorney

Native Title Report 2011

I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2011 (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 2010 to 30 June 2011
(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). I have considered these changes in
Chapter 1.

The theme of the Social Justice and Native Title Reports for 2011 will relate directly to my
priorities concerning the relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
within their communities and giving full effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). This is also in line with the Australian Human Rights
Commission's priority of tackling violence, harassment and bullying.

In Chapter 2 I start a conversation about lateral violence in the native title system and the
ways that we, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, can create the foundations for
strong relationships with each other.

In Chapters 3 and 4 I explore how a human rights framework, particularly the Declaration,
can assist both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and governments address
lateral violence within the native title system.

The Report provides 11 recommendations for your consideration.

I look forward to discussing the Report with you.

Yours sincerely

Mick Gooda
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner