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Procedural Decisions of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Australia, U.N. Doc. A/54/18, para. 23(2) (1999).



Decision 2 (55) on Australia : Australia. 16/08/99.
A/54/18,para.23(2). (Decision)

Convention Abbreviation: CERD
Fifty-fifth session

Decision 2 (55) on Australia

1. The Committee reaffirms the decisions concerning Australia which it took during tis fifty-fourth session in March 1999.

2. In adopting those decisions, the Committee was prompted by its serious concern that, after having observed and welcomed over a period of time a progressive implementation of the Convention in relation to the land rights of indigenous peoples in Australia, the envisaged changes of policy as to the exercise of these rights risked creating an acute impairment of the rights thus recognized to the Australian indigenous communities. It considered in detail the information submitted and the arguments put forward by the State party.

3. The Committee takes note of the comments received from the State party which, in accordance with article 9, paragraph 2, of the Convention, will be included in the Committee's annual report for 1999 to the General Assembly.**See annex VIII.

4. The Committee decides to continue consideration of this matter, together with the tenth, eleventh and twelfth periodic reports of the State party, during its fifty-sixth session in March 2000.

1353rd meeting
16 August 1999


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