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‘Failing the people’: Calls for royal commission into ‘broken’ system

SMH |  22 February 2021  |  News

A group of senior Indigenous men and women are calling on the federal government for a wide-ranging royal commission into Indigenous corporations and statutory bodies to fix what they say is a “broken system”.

It follows last week’s move by South Australia’s Liberal government to back a parliamentary inquiry into local Indigenous corporations, focusing on governance standards following a series of scandals and failures.

The former head of the National Native Title Tribunal, Raelene Webb QC, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that the system should be overhauled, but rather than a royal commission she wants to see “open dialogue” with Indigenous communities to design a better blend of “Western-style corporate governance” with traditional land management.

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