Effective Governance And Leadership, And Recognition And Incorporation Of Indigenous Models Of Governance

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Effective governance and leadership, and recognition and incorporation of Indigenous models of governance, play an essential part in successfully overcoming the social, economic, and health disadvantages and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2005, the Federal government implemented a new Indigenous policy, abolishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, and transferring to mainstream government departments the responsibility for the delivery of services to Indigenous communities (Reilly, 2006, 403. This current policy appears as a result has avoided any mention of Indigenous governance and yet aims to alleviate Indigenous disadvantage. It is argued that in order to achieve such results, the current government must acknowledge, incorporate and "consider how best to facilitate the inevitable exercise of Indigenous governance at the national, regional and local levels". (Reilly, 2006, 404). According to Reilly (2006, 404) ‘ if the Federal Government is committed to the social, culture and economic well-being of Indigenous Australian’s it must be drawn on the governance practices of Indigenous communities’ as with any such recognition and incorporation, the interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples become protected by the law, whether it be ‘ the rights to land, or the protection of other socio-economic and or cultural rights’ (Reilly, 2006, 407). In addition it can argued the without the recognition and…

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