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Inquiry into the Application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Australia

24 June 2022

The Law Council of Australia (the Law Council) makes this submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (the Senate Committee) to respond to the inquiry into the application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Australia (the Inquiry).

The Law Council strongly supports consideration of how the UNDRIP might be better applied domestically in Australia. Its Policy Statement on Indigenous Australians and the Legal Profession, released in 2010, commits the Law Council, working in partnership with First Nations peoples, to promoting implementation of this international instrument and awareness of its provisions amongst the Australian legal profession and community.

At this stage, given the high level of generality of the present Inquiry, the Law Council makes the following recommendations as preliminary suggestions for pursuing domestic application of the UNDRIP.

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