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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 364


Senator MICHAEL BAUME (3.57 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Senate take note of the document.

The removal of cultural heritage is an important matter which received a fair amount of attention at the United Nations during my period there. Many countries are extremely concerned about the manner in which they are being stripped of their cultural heritage by illegal means. I am glad that we have this structure which is supposed to protect that heritage. Every now and again there are glitches. I think the Senate will remember the curious situation of the Titan, the former Sydney-based floating crane which was allowed to be exported. It expressed its displeasure at the fact by tipping up and sinking on the way to Taiwan or wherever it was going. I guess it won in the end.

  This annual report was signed on 8 December 1993. It appears to have been shuffled around a fair bit. There is no doubt it could have been presented to the Senate before Christmas, but at least we have it now.

  The only other thing I want to mention in passing is that over the 12 months of this report to June last year we seem to have lost a large number of motor vehicles.


Senator Patterson —Because of leaded petrol being taxed.


Senator MICHAEL BAUME —Because of leaded petrol getting a higher tax—I like that! They include: a 1909 Talbot; an incomplete and unrestored 1908 Talbot four cylinder motor vehicle; an incomplete and unrestored 1914 Hotchkiss four cylinder motor vehicle; a restored 1907 Russell motor vehicle; a 1910 Straker motor vehicle; a 1912 SCAT 15 horsepower motor vehicle; and a partially restored 1911 Rolls Royce tourer. They disappeared along with some aircraft: a World War II Japanese Nakajima K143 fighter aircraft; a pair of World War II Mustang aircraft wings; a dismantled Canberra bomber; and the remains of a World War 11 mark IV Mosquito aircraft. I do not know why these were given permission to be exported but, on the face of it, it seems to be disappointing that so much memorabilia of the war by way of these aircraft should have been leaving Australia.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.