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Social Justice Report 2007

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Transmittal Letter

11 February 2008

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

Dear Attorney

I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2007.

The report is provided in accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986. This provides that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is to submit a report regarding the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders, and including recommendations as to the action that should be taken to ensure the exercise and enjoyment of human rights by those persons.

The report analyses promising ways to address family violence and child abuse in Indigenous communities (Chapter 2), considers the human rights impact of Northern Territory intervention (Chapter 3) and outlines reported government initiatives to address family violence and child abuse (Appendix 2).

The report includes 14 recommendations and also identifies one action that I will continue to monitor over the coming year.

I look forward to discussing the report with you.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Calma

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner