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Campbell can stop rock art destruction.



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SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT

Campbell can stop rock art destruction

Senator Siewert, 16th August 2006

Today the Government voted against a Greens motion which aimed at protecting the unique Burrup Peninsula rock art from further destruction while it is assessed for National Heritage listing.

"I am extremely concerned that while the Minister for Environment and Heritage is considering this listing, the Government of Western Australia is about to sign off on the destruction of even more rock art," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"Ian Campbell has already spoken out in support of the extraordinary cultural heritage precinct of the Burrup," Senator Siewert said.

"I see the value here, I see something quite remarkable, something unique, something that is important for generations to come." (Sunday, June 25, 2006, 60 Minutes) "That support is needed now, not some time in the future after the Western Australian Government has allowed further vandalism of the area."

The WA State Government has stated "Any future expansion of the Burrup will not disturb the Art Galleries". (Sunday, June 25, 2006, 60 Minutes.)

"And yet destruction and relocation is still planned by Woodside Energy for one of the most densely carved areas of the Burrup."

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