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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
'It is using the Declaration that breathes life into it.' As an international instrument, the Declaration provides a blueprint for Indigenous peoples and governments around the world, based on the principles of self-determination and participation, to respect the rights and roles of Indigenous peoples within society. It is the instrument that contains the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples all over the world
- Mick Gooda,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy
The Australian Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Australian Government to lead the development and delivery of the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy.
A Secretariat has been established within the Race Discrimination Team of the AHRC.
The Secretariat has commenced consultations with non-government organisations and community leaders, and has launched a discussion paper seeking community views.
The Strategy is expected to be launched around July 2012 with implementation of the strategy rolled out over three years, 2012-2015.
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Federal authorities ignore pleas for assistance from Corporation Members
Twenty five members of the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health have been forced to take action by signing a petition to bring the current board to order given that they have clearly breached the organizations rules on five occasions since taking over the helm in May 2011. Not only have the board failed to respond to community pleas and adhere to their own rules but the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and one of the funding bodies the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) have deserted the community by failing to act despite being notified of the boards outlaw actions and amidst allegations of misappropriation of funds that is further fuelling speculation of corrupt activity. One director, a recognized and much respected Elder of the community, has been removed from the board illicitly and despite receiving written notification from ORIC that the member should be re-instated the board has failed to do so. To make matters worse the board has also informed him that he is NOT to enter the premises again despite that fact that he is a patient himself and regularly treated by the Health Corporation staff. Other members and ex-staff have also been banished from the Medical centre in a move that violates their most basic Human rights by blocking access to Medical attention. Meanwhile, the incumbent board is freely allowed access to medical services and the facility whilst one of them is under investigation for misappropriation and they have all violated the Corporation rules on multiple occasions.