Prevention of Forced Closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities Bill 2017 (WA)

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Prevention of Forced Closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities Bill 2017 (WA)

This Private Member’s Bill seeks to prevent the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Forced closures refer to the failure of Government to obtain free, prior and informed consent from Aboriginal communities which they are attempting to close. The Bill takes notes of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Australia has endorsed, and requires decisions regarding forced closures to have regard for the principles set out in the Declaration. The Bill also has a remedial avenue through the State Administrative Court for decisions which lead to the closure of remote Aboriginal communities. The Bill remains in the Legislative Council.

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