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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

 

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The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Community (HREOC) advocates for the rights of Indigenous Australians and works to promote respect and understanding of these rights among the broader community. The position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner was created by the federal parliament in December 1992 - a response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the National Inquiry into Racist Violence. It was also a response to the extreme social and economic disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians. HREOCs role includes reviewing the impact of laws and policies on Indigenous peoples, reporting on Indigenous social justice and native title issues and promoting an Indigenous perspective on issues. In addition, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner monitors the enjoyment and exercise of human rights for Indigenous Australians. The HREOC Act and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) require that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner produces an annual Social Justice and a Native Title Report. These reports are tabled in Parliament. This work is led by Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

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Last updated: 17 February 2009
 
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