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Juukan Gorge inquiry: Shining a light on Queensland

first_imgJuukan Gorge inquiry: Shining a light on Queensland On Tuesday 18 May, the inquiry into the destruction of Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge will be examining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage legislation in Queensland, with a public hearing by videoconference.The Committee will be hearing from representatives of the Australian Heritage Specialists and the Cape York Land Council.In their submission to the DATSIP review of Queensland Cultural Heritage Acts the Australian Heritage Specialists comment that the States Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act should strike a balance between protecting cultural heritage and providing government and businesses achievable, clear-cut, and practical processes.A key concern of the Cape York Land Councils is that Indigenous cultural heritage protection and management decisions associated with development or resource use proposals must no longer be made by politicians or bureaucrats.Northern Australia Committee Chair Warren Entsch is intent on understanding the issues stakeholders are having in their respective states so that the Committee will be able to produce solutions that will relate to the issues States and Territories are having with their Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation.Mr Entsch stated that, ‘The Committee is determined to listen to stakeholders from Queensland to comprehend the specific issues they have with the States Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Legislation, the Committee will endeavor to address these concerns in our report’A program for the public hearing is available on the Committee’s website.Public hearing detailsDate: Tuesday, 18 May 2021Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm AESTLocation: by video/teleconferenceThe hearings will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, AusPol, Australia, Australian, council, cultural heritage, Government, Indigenous, legislation, parliament, Queensland, strike, Warren, website, Yorklast_img read more

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