1. In view of the terms of article 9, paragraph 1, of the Convention, in particular the provision that the Committee may request further information from States parties, the Committee requests the Government of Australia to provide it with information on the changes recently projected or introduced to the 1993 Native Title Act, as well as on any changes of policy in the State party as to Aboriginal land rights and in the functions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Social Justice Commissioner. The Committee wishes to examine the compatibility of any such changes with Australia’s obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
2. The Committee wishes to consider the information, in the presence of a representative of the State party, at its fifty-fourth session (119 March 1999) and would therefore appreciate receipt of this information by 15 January 1999.