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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5300

Senator BROWN (Tasmania) (3.37 p.m.)—as amended, by leave—I, and also on behalf of Senator Ridgeway, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) recent evidence tendered by Professor Hiscock, of the Australian National University, which suggests that Aboriginal sites at Sandon Point may be amongst the most significant Aboriginal sites on the eastern seaboard,

(ii) that these sites have already been severely damaged by the commencement of work on a housing project designed and marketed by Stockland Trust Group, and

(iii) the Wadi Wadi Coomaditchie Aboriginal Corporation, and its many supporters, through elder Alan Carriage, has requested that an emergency declaration be made, under section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage (Interim Protection) Act 1984, to allow proper investigation of the importance of sites contained at Sandon Point; and

(b) requests the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Dr Kemp) to grant this emergency declaration to allow a 30-day period to make a proper assessment of the important cultural and environmental heritage of this area.

Question, as amended, agreed to.