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Concerns raised over Tas exclusion from Indigenous Council

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 7 November 2004

There are concerns Tasmania's Indigenous community will not be represented by the new unelected National Indigenous Council.

The Federal Government has appointed 14 business people, health professionals, lawyers and sporting identities to advise the Government on Indigenous issues.

Tasmania is the only state not to have a representative on the Indigenous Council.

The state's ATSIC commissioner Rodney Dillon says he will lobby for that to change.

"I think that perhaps that we need to negotiate with this Government to see if perhaps we can have a representative on it," he said.

Mr Dillon says the new Council will only succeed if it has bipartisan support.

He says the Government must commit to long term changes to Indigenous policy if it is to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Australians.

Former ATSIC chairman Geoff Clark has dismissed the Council, saying it will not win the support of Indigenous people.

The Aboriginal Legal Service says the group will raise the profile of Aboriginal issues and influence government policy.

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