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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2088

Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (4.50 p.m.) —With regard to the statement I made this morning, Senator Watson asked for some additions—

Senator Watson —Speaking to the amendment, in terms of the commitment that you indicated earlier in your second reading speech and the additional amount that was discussed during the lunch break.

Senator SHERRY —I have a new commitment from the minister following on from the statement I read before the lunch break. I will read it and then it is obviously up to Senator Watson as to whether he believes it reflects the discussions he has had. On behalf of Minister Lee, I can confirm that the Australian Heritage Commission, for a limited time only, is willing to ensure that in states and territories where there are not yet substantial state heritage registers, it will undertake priority assessments of those places which are only on National Trust registers and have applied for the scheme. These accelerated assessments of places for inclusion on the register of the national estate will ensure that owners in states where there are no or limited state registers are in no way disadvantaged. This is in keeping with the program of national coordination which the states and territories are undertaking with the Commonwealth, and it would be welcomed by them. The program includes consolidation of heritage lists.