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13       Environment and Communications References Committee—Proposed reference—Protection and preservation of First Nations heritage

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 8 December 2020:

The protection and preservation of First Nations heritage, with specific reference to:

(a)              the destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters;

(b)              any First Nations heritage sites in Western Australia and other states and territories that are at risk of destruction;

(c)              the adequacy of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 in protecting and preserving First Nations heritage;

(d)             the adequacy of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in protecting and conserving First Nations heritage;

(e)              the role of state, territory and Commonwealth governments in protecting First Nations heritage;

(f)               barriers to First Nations heritage and cultural protection in Australia; and

(g)              any related matters.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam) and Senator Gallagher, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Waters

Faruqi

Lambie

Siewert*

Whish-Wilson

Griff

McKim

 

 

 

NOES, 35

Senators—

Bragg

Gallagher

Molan

Seselja

Brockman

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Sheldon

Carr

Henderson

Paterson

Smith, Dean

Chandler

Hughes

Payne

Stoker

Colbeck

Hume

Rennick

Urquhart*

Cormann

Kitching

Roberts

Van

Davey

McDonald

Ruston

Walsh

Duniam

McKenzie

Ryan

Watt

Gallacher

McLachlan

Scarr

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.