ABORIGINAL HERITAGE —
1213. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the minister representing the
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:
(1) Is it an
offence under section 17 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 to not advise the
Department of Aboriginal Affairs, via the lodgement of a section 18
application, of an impending prescribed burn in areas where there are high
levels of cultural heritage?
(2) If no to (1), why not?
(3) If yes to (1), how is this
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
17 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 outlines the circumstances in which an
offence occurs, and section 18 provides the mechanism by which the minister can
provide consent to any use that may otherwise constitute a breach of section
17. Whether a proposed use would breach section 17 needs to be assessed on a case-by-case
basis, having regard to the individual circumstances.