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Social Justice Report 2006

Social Justice Report 06

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Transmittal Letter

5 April 2007

The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
Attorney-General
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Attorney

I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2006.

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 the accessibility of mainstream services under the new arrangements for Indigenous affairs (Chapter 2), the adequacy of government engagement and participation of communities under the new arrangements for Indigenous affairs (Chapter 3, Appendix 3) and reports on international developments on the rights of indigenous peoples (Chapter 4, Appendix 4).

The report includes 8 recommendations and 1 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