The Promise of Regional Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (Research Unit), UTS
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Ngiya: Talk the Law, 2007, 1 pp. 126 - 166
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From the time the Whitlam Govemment introduced 'self-determination' as its policy framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there have been many legislative versions of what this means in practice. This debate about how Indigenous people's interestsa nd needsc an be best representedin legislation has re-emerged after the Federal Government's announcement of the abolition of ATSIC and its Regional Councils.' Both Indigenous peoples and governments continue to struggle with the question of representation in the context of policy formulation, funding arrangements, accountability, regulation, service delivery and Indigenous peoples' human rights.
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