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Social Justice Report 2011

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Transmittal Letter

24 October 2011

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

Dear Attorney

Social Justice Report 2011

I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2011 (the Report), which I have prepared in accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (AHRC Act).

The AHRC Act 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 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 theme of the Social Justice and Native Title Reports for 2011 will relate directly to the Social Justice Commissioner’s 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.

The relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be explored through the lens of lateral violence. Firstly, I will introduce the concept of lateral violence and its relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Second, I explore how a human rights framework, particularly the Declaration, can assist both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and governments address lateral violence.

Finally, Appendix 2 provides a chronology of key events for 2010–2011.

The Social Justice Report 2011 provides 13 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


Australian Human Rights Commission
Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
GPO Box 5218, Sydney, NSW 2001
Telephone: 02 9284 9600
Facsimile: 02 9284 9611
Website: www.humanrights.gov.au