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7 February 2005
The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
Canberra ACT 2600
I am pleased to present to you the Social Justice Report 2004.
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 sets out an agenda for how I will approach the role of Social Justice Commissioner (chapter 1); an overview of programs to support Indigenous women exiting prison (chapter 2); and consideration of the potential impact of the new arrangements for the administration of Indigenous affairs (Chapter 3 and Appendices 1 and 2).
The report includes 5 recommendations and also identifies 10 actions that I will continue to monitor over the coming year. These all relate to the new arrangements.
I look forward to discussing the report with you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner