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The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs recommends that the Australian government establish an interdepartmental working group to liaise with Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) groups, so as to identify priority areas to address disadvantage, improve coordination with state governments, and address problems in the provision and delivery of culturally aware and appropriate government services to Australian South Sea Islanders.

On the basis of this evidence, the committee has concluded that not enough is being done to address ASSI peoples’ ongoing disadvantage. The government’s efforts to ensure that recognition is given to Australian South Sea Islanders’ unique cultural identity and historical experience have so far not been sufficient. It is fair to say that the promises we as a nation made to ASSI people in 1994 have so far gone unfulfilled.

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