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Meeting Communique: Indigenous Advisory Council, September 2014

Meeting Communique: Indigenous Advisory Council, September 2014

Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Advisory Council
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council met in North East Arnhem Land on 17 September 2014. The former Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, attended the meeting.

The Council was very pleased to meet with Traditional Owners and Elders whilst in Gulkula, and to undertake a number of site visits including the Prisoners Rehabilitation Programme in Nhulunbuy, the Yirrkala School and the Gumatj Timber Mill.

This was Council's fourth meeting with the Prime Minister. The Council received briefings on Empowered Communities and a presentation from representatives of the Empowered Communities Indigenous Leaders, Mr Noel Pearson, Ms Andrea Mason and Mr Sean Gordon. The Council also had a working dinner with the Prime Minister, senior Ministers, Traditional Owners, Mr Ken Wyatt MP and others, at which a variety of important topics were discussed.

During Council's time in North East Arnhem Land, they also had separate meetings with Minister Cormann, Minister Pyne, Minister Dutton, Assistant Minister Nash, former Minister Scullion and Parliamentary Secretary Tudge.

The Council will next meet in October 2014.

The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council is a directly appointed, non-representative group which provides advice to the Prime Minister on Indigenous issues.