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The inaugural Ethics Council has been established for the new representative body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. The Ethics Council will be responsible for developing and maintaining standards for the Congress. Its six members were announced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, on 4 January 2010.
The Ethics Council members are Professor Larissa Behrendt, Mr Tom Calma, Mr Wesley Enoch, Ms Mary Graham, Ms Nalwarri Ngurruwutthun, and Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney.
The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples Executive Committee candidates will be short listed by the Ethics Council. The process of the selection is based on the Nolan principles and will be guided by a merit-based process.
The Steering Committee and the Ethics Council will finalise the interim national executive by the end of January 2010. This body will then lead the organisation through its development phase in 2010.
Tom Calma declared that the "appointment of the Ethics Council members takes us one step closer to having a representative voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the first time in five years".
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