Date: 
Thursday 29 November 2012
Give us a chance to take control - effective Indigenous governance must start with us, with our peoples and our communities

Mick Gooda, Social Justice Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission, will launch his 2012 Social Justice and Native Title Reports in Sydney tomorrow, Friday 30 November 2012.

When: 9am – 11am

Date: Friday, 30 November 2012

Where: Australian Human Rights Commission Level 3, 175 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW

Keynote speaker: Geoff Scott, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Aboriginal Land Council

PLEASE NOTE COMMISSIONER GOODA AND GEOFF SCOTT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS MEDIA AT 9AM IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH.

In the Social Justice and Native Title Reports looks at a range of development that have occurred during the reporting period (1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012). A key theme of both reports is what constitutes effective governance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Commissioner Gooda acknowledges that over past decades there has been a failure to appropriately support governance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In his reports, Commissioner Gooda calls for a new approach; an approach that supports, enables and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to determine their own futures.

Commissioner Gooda looks closely at the Northern Territory and the damage caused by ill-conceived government action. The Northern Territory is a poignant illustration of how government action diminishes the capacity of communities to determine and address their specific needs.

“To leave people feeling like they have no control over their lives has a real human impact as highlighted in the Northern Territory in the last 5 years. We know from national and international research that disempowerment results in ill health and even increased suicide rates,” said Commissioner Gooda.

FULL RELEASE WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 7AM TOMORROW MORNING

Media contact: Emily Barker - 0419 258 597