3.18 The committee recommends that the Stronger Futures
in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 be amended to allow infringement notices to
be issued in relation to minor alcohol offences and to make it clear that
infringement notices may be issued relating to the possession and supply of
3.27 The committee recommends that processes be
implemented to ensure that the Minister responds to alcohol management plan
applications in a timely manner.
3.50 The committee recommends section 23 (1)(eb) of the Aboriginal
Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 be amended to remove the text "at the Land Councils expense".
3.94 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth
include in its engagement program with remote NT communities going forward a
specific component designed to build understanding of customary law provisions
and support for this measure and in particular to clear up misunderstandings
that have arisen.
3.95 The committee also recommends that the measure and
its level of understanding in communities be reviewed in 5 years time as part
of the review and evaluation of the proposed National Partnership agreement.
3.129 The committee recommends that the government amend
the Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill to require that only agencies
that have in place appropriate internal and external review and appeal
processes be approved by the Minister to make income management referrals.
3.147 The committee recommends the Commonwealth and NT governments
provide greater clarity regarding SEAM and the Every Child, Every Day
measures, how they interact and will operate in parallel together. Further
education needs to be provided to communities where these policy changes will apply
in the Northern Territory as of 1 July 2012 and advice provided by both
governments must be clear as to what policy applies in different areas
throughout the Northern Territory.
3.153 The committee recommends the SEAM 2012 evaluation,
and any other material monitoring the effectiveness of SEAM and the Every
Child, Every Day initiative, be made publicly available as soon as possible
following its completion. Timing of the evaluation's release is particularly
important given the inappropriate delay in releasing the 2010 evaluation of
4.9 The committee recommends governments work closely with
the Australian Human Rights Commission to build a culturally competent
4.17 The committee recommends that when conducting further
consultation in relation to Stronger Futures the Commonwealth government:
- work with the framework provided by the Australian Human Rights
Commission for meaningful and effective consultation processes that are
culturally safe, secure and appropriate; and
- give consideration to the effective use of Land Councils in
consultation processes given their knowledge and expertise in consulting
appropriately with communities.
4.25 The committee recommends that in addition to the
reviews of the legislation already announced, the Commonwealth also ensure that
any National Partnership Agreement is the subject of an independent and public
review and evaluation after 5 years.
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