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    Transmittal Letter

    26 October 2012

    The Hon Nicola Roxon MP
    Attorney-General
    Parliament House
    CANBERRA ACT 2600

    Dear Attorney

    Social Justice Report 2012

    I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2012 (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 Islander peoples, 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 governance in the Social Justice and Native Title Reports for 2012 relates
    directly to my priorities concerning relationships and giving full effect to the United Nations
    Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In this Report, I will look at governance as a
    tool for achieving the goals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    I will outline three components of a framework for effective governance in Indigenous
    communities: a foundation of community governance and self-determination; good
    organisational governance; and an enabling role played by government and other external
    parties. I will look at what this means in practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    communities and those external parties.

    Appendix 2 of the Report provides a chronology of key events for 2011–2012.

    Finally, the Social Justice Report 2012 provides several 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