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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 328

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 20 November 1979:

Will the Government consider introducing into the Parliament legislation to amend the Australian Heritage Commission Act to ensure greater co-operation between State Governments and the Heritage Commission in those cases where State Governments disagree with the Commission's inclusion of an area or a building on its heritage list (register) as has occurred with the Bellevue Hotel and Mt Etna in Queensland.

Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

A decision to review the Australian Heritage Commission Act was announced in February 1979. The review will examine the relationships between this Act and other Commonwealth environmental legislation. The opportunity will also be taken to consider certain possible amendments of a machinery nature that may be desirable in the light of several years experience with the Act. The review will also have regard to reports on environmental legislation by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Conservation. Suggested amendments to the Act will be considered in the context of the review process.

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