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Question Without Notice No. 1067 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 December 2021 by Hon Dr Brad Pettitt

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 1 December 2021

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE BILL 2021 — A WAY FORWARD REPORT

1067. Hon Dr BRAD PETTITT to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:

I refer to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021.

(1) Were any revisions made to the 2021 bill following the release of A way forward: Final report into the destruction of Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge on Monday, 18 October in federal Parliament, and prior to its introduction in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, 17 November; and, if not, why not?

(2) Does the 2021 bill incorporate all the minimum standards listed for state and territory heritage protections in 7.79 and 7.80 of recommendation 3 in the A way forward report; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 addresses the gross deficiencies of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 that failed to prevent the Juukan tragedy. It provides a number of mechanisms that will provide better protection for Aboriginal cultural heritage once it becomes law.

(2) The bill strongly aligns with the standards set out in the A way forward report.