Greens MP calls on Minister to withdraw Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Robin Chapple MLC, has called on the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier to withdraw the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill.

“These proposed changes remove any kind of community involvement in the protection of Aboriginal heritage sites and concentrate all power over these matters into the hands of one public servant, Mr Chapple explained.

“The Minister needs to scrap this outrageous piece of legislation and enter into proper negotiations to ensure there is community involvement in the protection of Aboriginal heritage sites.

“There has been enough community backlash for the Minister to see people are vehemently opposed to this bill. 

“If the Minister is true to his word and wants to design legislation that protects our unique Aboriginal heritage, then it is back to the drawing board he must go.

“The Greens are the only Party standing up for Aboriginal heritage and I urge the community to write a submission on this appalling piece of legislation to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs before 6 August 2014, added Mr Chapple.

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For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255

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