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Thursday, 14 August 2003
Page: 13624


Senator ALLISON (11:10 AM) —It is actually my understanding that the minister did agree with them, but we will move on. I move Democrat amendment (26) on sheet 2990:

(26) Schedule 1, item 31, page 38 (lines 15 to 19), omit section 324U, substitute:

324U Compliance with plans by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth agencies

(1) The Commonwealth or a Com-monwealth agency must not contravene a plan made by the Minister under section 324S, or authorise any other person to contravene such a plan.

(2) Where a plan has not been made under section 324S, the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth agency must take all reasonable steps to not act inconsistently with the National Heritage management principles.

This amendment relates to compliance plans by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth agencies in terms of management plans for national heritage places in Commonwealth areas and the national heritage management principles. At the present time the Commonwealth and/or Commonwealth agencies are prohibited from contravening a management plan for a national heritage place in a Commonwealth area. However, there is uncertainty regarding the issue of whether or not the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth agency can authorise another person to contravene a management plan for these areas. This amendment clarifies that the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth agency cannot authorise another person to contravene a management plan for a national heritage place in a Commonwealth area. Furthermore, it ensures that, where a management plan has not been made in relation to a national heritage place in a Commonwealth area, the Commonwealth and/or Commonwealth agencies must take all reasonable steps to not act inconsistently with the national heritage management principles. These amendments tie in with our amendment to section 137A.