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New National Congress of Australia's First Peoples announced

Date posted: 23 November 2009

Tom Calma has announced that a new national Indigenous representative body will be called the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. Social Justice Commissioner Calma, who has convened the independent Indigenous Steering Committee since December 2008, announced the name after the Federal Government confirmed it had accepted the recommendations of the Committee's report, Our future in our hands, and agreed to initial funding of the organisation until December 2013.

Commissioner Calma said that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been without a representative voice for too long. He thanked the Australian Government for honouring their commitment to establish the new body in this term of government. He also thanked the Steering Committee for their tireless dedication and personal commitment and for continuing to work in a voluntary capacity on the institutional arrangements. He said that setting up the new body was a monumental task that would require a development phase until the end of 2010. The Government is providing $29 million over four years for the policy and an advocacy body which will not be delivering programs and services.


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Last updated: 23 November 2009
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