Summary of recommendations
1.27 The Committee accordingly recommends that the government affirms formally that ATSIC’s powers remain in force until the date of proclamation of the relevant legislation, and that decisions taken in accordance with the law up to that date are recognised and implemented.
3.11 The Committee recommends that all assets controlled by ATSIC continue to be applied to the benefit of Indigenous Australians, and that Indigenous people retain custody of Indigenous artworks and artefacts.
3.27 The Committee recommends that ILC's capacity to manage its portfolio of properties be monitored by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title as part of its statutory scrutiny role of the ILC. In the event that ATSIC and its regional councils are abolished, the ordinary members of the ILC Board include an Indigenous representative nominated by a relevant Indigenous organisation
3.42 The Committee recommends that the Bill be amended to provide appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in cases where IBA refuses a business loan. The Committee also recommends that the Government examine all new requirements that the Bill and related administrative changes impose on the IBA to ensure that these do not have a negative impact on its operation.
3.46 The Committee recommends that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title carefully examine the issue of conflict of interest in the funding of Native Title Representative Bodies as part of its current inquiry into Native Title Representative Bodies.
3.53 The Committee recommends that consultation clauses in the Acts modified by the ATSIC Amendment Bill be amended to insert a requirement to consult relevant Indigenous organisations.
4.37 The Committee recommends that the Government allocate funds to expand opportunities for Indigenous leadership, governance and administration training and development. These funds could be allocated out of money saved from ATSIC's running costs.
4.43 The Committee recommends that the Government give active support and funding to the formation of a national Indigenous elected representative body, and provide it with ongoing funding. The Committee also recommends that the Government publicly commit to acknowledging that body as the primary source of advice on Indigenous advocacy and views. The Committee recommends the elected body should include a representative of Torres Strait Islander people living on the mainland.
4.63 The Committee recommends that the government defer plans to abolish the Regional Councils, and continue with consultation processes on developing new regional representative arrangements, recognising that in some areas, the preferred outcome may be to have organisations similar to TSRA and existing Regional Councils.
4.72 The Committee recommends that the NIC be a temporary body, to exist only until a proper national, elected representative body is in place.
5.76 The Committee recommends that the Government immediately establishes a mechanism to thoroughly and impartially assess the new mainstreaming arrangements as they are implemented, including those already in place. The Committee also recommends that the resultant report is made public.
5.97 The Committee recommends that ICC Managers have the delegated authority necessary to make direct funding decisions, within their agreed budget, on local Indigenous programs.
5.167 The Committee recommends the establishment of a Senate Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, tasked with examination of:
- the implementation of the mainstreaming policy;
- the coordination of Commonwealth, state and territory agencies;
- the formation of representative arrangements; and
- the equity of Shared Responsibility Agreements
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