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Abolition of agency reduces Aboriginal input on health policy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:976
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    The Australian government has rejected recommendations of a panel reviewing the performance of the main elected body representing Aboriginal people, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, and instead announced it will abolish the commission, despite its role in influencing national health policy.

    The panel's report, which was given to the government in November 2003, noted the important role of a reformed commission in ensuring the input of indigenous communities into health policy.

    Last week Prime Minister John Howard announced that the commission would be abolished. “We believe very strongly that the experiment in …

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