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Inquiry into Indigenous economic development in Queensland and advisory report on the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010

May 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-0-642-79453-6 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79454-3 (HTML version)

View the report as a single document - (PDF 967KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Preliminary pages (PDF 97KB)
Chapter 1 Background (PDF 88KB)

Referral of the Inquiry
Committee objectives and scope
The 2010 Senate Inquiry and its outcomes[1]
Pre-existing legislation
Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld)
Conduct of the Inquiry
Structure of the report
Note on references
Overall finding

Chapter 2 Cape York – Context and Consultation (PDF 183KB)

Geo-economic context
Topography, soil and water
Transport and infrastructure
Land Tenure
Industry sectors
Minerals and Mining
Indigenous workforce participation in the mining industry
Cattle Grazing
Population and the labour market
Workforce participation in Cape York
Workforce Capacity
Consultation and consent on the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld)
Speaking for country and “own representative institutions”
The Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) and Indigenous economic development
Capital for developments
The Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) and mining
The Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) and tourism
The Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) and cattle
The Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) and Natural Resource Management
Current economic conditions
Supporting the Cape York economic development plan

Chapter 3 The Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 (PDF 135KB)

Purpose and overview of the Bill
Analysis of the Bill and its provisions
Clause 3
Clause 4
Clause 5
Clauses 6 and 7

Dissenting report (PDF 121KB)

Barriers to economic development
Prima facie rejection of any social or economic development
Arbitrary sterilisation of usable land
Bureaucratic barriers to economic development
Opportunities for sustainable and environmentally sound economic development
Genuine economic development
Failure of the Wild Rivers (Qld) Act 2005 to create opportunities

Appendix A – Submissions (PDF 31KB)
Appendix B – Public Hearings (PDF 53KB)
Appendix C – Exhibits (PDF 52KB)

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