Here is a copy of my submission to the National Human Rights Consultation which closed on Monday.
It is an 18 page Word doc.
Click on putting-first-peoples-first
Two relevant considerations:
Enacting into Australian domestic legislation the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, perhaps under the rubric of protection of First Peoples human rights, might be one relatively easy means to ensure that this objective can be attained.
Given that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples removed references to ethnocide and cultural genocide, any enactment of the UNDRIP into Australian domestic legislation would need to ensure that extra provisions are added to cover the need to end ethnocide in Australian life.
Critical and constructive feedback welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce (Japaljari) Reyburn
16 June 2009