Policy success

  • Developing partnership with Minerals Council of Australia and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation;
  • Advocated intensively with the Commonwealth Government and other bodies on behalf of the NNTC. This included:
    • Meetings with politicians (both ALP and Greens), members of industry, members of the public sector, interest groups such as AIATSIS, HREOC, Lingiari and Cranlana House, and other key Indigenous people such as Mick Dodson and Marcia Langton.
    • Development of the NNTC position paper for the new approach to native title announced by the Attorney General (paper prepared with the assistance of Michael O’Donnell, Neil Westbury and Lisa Strelein). The NNTC has promoted the position paper to various individuals and organisations. The paper received a positive response with various issues being taken up through other forums such as the Native Title Payments Working Group.
  • Raised various issues through correspondence, including:
      • Approach to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Jenny Macklin –seeking involvement in small informal group; request for funding for intensive negotiation skills training for NTRB/ NTS CEOs and/or senior officers; and providing a copy of the NNTC Position Paper; (the request for involvement in the small informal group was successful – the NNTC is now a member of the Native Title Payments Working Group)
      • Letters to the Attorney General, the Hon Robert McClelland – providing a copy of the NNTC Position Paper; providing a Response to Native Title Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué;
      • Letter to all Federal MPs and Senators – Introduction of NNTC with copy of brochure;

    Letter to the Minister for Climate Change, Senator the Hon Penny Wong – seeking research into the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities and benefits for Emissions Trading Scheme;

  • Attended UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – presented a number of interventions on behalf of NNTC and other Australian Indigenous organisations (report has previously been distributed to NNTC);
  • Presented opening remarks at the first plenary session on the rep body day of the Native Title Conference 2008 and continues to have a strong presence at the annual conference;
  • NSWALC – invitation to attend 25th Anniversary – advanced NNTC interests;
  • Attended Victoria’s Traditional Owner Land Justice Group
  • Attended the Bennelong Conference 2008
  • Regularly attend the Federal Court User Group
  • Regular participant at the Native Title Consultative Forum
  • Regular participant at the Indigenous Leaders’ Dialogue (MCA)
  • Attended Mining and Indigenous People’s Issues Roundtable (ICMM)
  • Received funding from FaHCSIA to assist in the development of the NNTC position paper ($19,400) 2008
  • Developed a Strategic Plan – for 2010-2012