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Friday, 15 June 1984
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Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(10.07) —I do not wish to delay the Senate. I say merely that during the second reading debate the Opposition has endeavoured to point out that fundamentally we favour the protection of Aboriginal sacred sites, of special objects and of matters of high cultural, historic and archeological significance. We have very deep concerns about the use of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage (Interim Protection) Bill 1984 for that purpose. Those concerns have been reflected in the submissions of the wide range of people who have asked the Government to delay the legislation. That is the view that we have. It is quite clear that it is not the view of the majority of the Senate, as the Australian Democrats have joined with the Government in the support of this legislation in its present form. I indicate to the Senate that, because we see those concerns as being of considerable significance, we will be voting against the motion for the third reading.

Question put:

That the Bill be now read a third time.