Children's Court magistrate Sue Gordon is tipped to be the chairwoman of the Government's new hand-picked advisory body that will replace the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
Her prospective appointment comes as Labor considers extending a Senate inquiry into black governance, staying the execution of ATSIC at a cost to taxpayers of $65,000 a week.
Many Aboriginal leaders have rejected the replacement advisory body, the National Indigenous Council, warning that its members would be considered "government lackeys" and be ostracised from the indigenous community.
Mrs Gordon has already worked for the WA Labor Government, heading an inquiry into domestic violence in indigenous communities following the suicide of a teenage girl at the infamous Swan Valley camp in Perth. Her findings led to a $75 million commitment to tackle sexual abuse.
The Federal Government appointed her in 1990 to the first ATSIC board, and she was the first full-time magistrate appointed to the Perth Children's Court and the first Aboriginal magistrate in WA.
She was awarded an Order of Australia in 1993 for her commitment to Aborigines and community affairs. She could not be contacted by The Age yesterday.
The Government is believed to have asked Cape York leader Noel Pearson to chair the council and ATSIC regional council chairman Sam Jeffries to be deputy. Both rejected the offer.
Earlier this year, Mr Pearson attacked the idea of an advisory body as a "token" measure. "We've had many kitchen cabinets in indigenous affairs over the past 30 years and the idea that we're going to make some progress with an advisory body, I think, is entirely incorrect," he said.
Other indigenous leaders believed to have been approached - and declined - include Reconciliation Australia co-chairwoman Jackie Huggins, former Essendon footballer Michael Long, and Pearson protege and criminologist Tania Major.
Membership of the council is expected to be announced soon. The Government plans to reintroduce legislation to abolish ATSIC before Christmas.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone told The Age the Government was determined to press ahead with its legislation.
But Opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Kim Carr said the Senate inquiry should be allowed to finish its work.
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