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Clark's gatecrashing resolved amicably: Vanstone

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 3 December 2004

Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone says there is no row between her and former ATSIC chairman Geoff Clark over his attendance at a meeting today.

Mr Clark was not invited to the meeting of federal and state Aboriginal ministers in Melbourne but announced that he would attend, as the former head of ATSIC.

Senator Vanstone denies the Government has disengaged from Indigenous communities by abolishing ATSIC.

"Ministers understand that the ATSIC issue has been resolved," she said.

"Not everybody associated with ATSIC accepts that - clearly Mr Clark doesn't.

"But he showed up and indicated through the media he wished to make an issue of this, so he was invited to part of the meeting.

"Some of the matters were adjourned to a ministers-only meeting, so as far as I'm concerned it's been resolved very amicably."

Mr Clark maintains that the Federal Government does not have a mandate to abolish ATSIC.

He has denounced the setting up of a unelected advisory council.

"They didn't put these issues in the election," Mr Clark said. "What John Howard is doing is, I think he is violating the democratic process and I think abusing that process."

But Senator Vanstone says ATSIC is finished.

"All we want to do is get on with the job with the state ministers and territory ministers in improving the outcomes for Indigenous Australians," she said.

Mr Clark says he will press ahead with a High Court challenge against the plan.

The Government this week reintroduced a Bill to abolish the body.

Senator Vanstone says the ministers today discussed ways of improving service delivery in remote communities.

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