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Stop Sandon Point development.



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Senator Aden Ridgeway Australian Democrats Senator for NSW Spokesperson on Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs

16 OCTOBER 2002 MEDIA RELEASE 02/493

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Stop Sandon Point Development

The Australian Democrats today backed community calls for the Federal Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, to stop the Sandon Point development until the conflicting evidence in archaeological reports assessing the significance of the area is resolved.

A Senate motion, moved jointly with Senator Bob Brown, noted the August report by Archaeologist Dr Peter Hiscock, which suggests the archaeological material - an estimated several million artefact fragments - at Sandon Point makes it one of the most significant Aboriginal sites on the Eastern seaboard.

The joint motion backed the call by the Wadi Wadi Coomaditchie Aboriginal Corporation for the Minister to use his powers under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Act to stop work on the site to allow proper investigation of this area.

Senator Ridgeway has previously drawn attention to the desecration of Sandon Point sites in a speech to the Senate commemorating the life of South Coast elder, Uncle Guboo Ted Thomas, who was involved in the campaign to save Sandon Point.

In this speech Senator Ridgeway referred to the Sandon Point development as being similar to the French building a new airport on Australian war graves.

The full text of this speech is available at: http://www.democrats.org.au/speeches/index.htm?speech_id=916&display=1

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