Article in the Daily Telegraph regarding Aboriginal heritage at Sans Souci

23 April 2010

All those concerned with land rights and Aboriginal cultural heritage would be aware of a story in today's Daily Telegraph, which is attached.

NSWALC has not been pursued by mainstream print media outlets for comment on this issue. However, if circumstances require it, NSWALC will release the following public statement:

The NSW Government and the parliament has committed to reforming laws around Aboriginal cultural heritage, and NSWALC commends those involved for that commitment.

This incident in Sans Souci only serves to demonstrate the urgency of that process.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council supports the right of Aboriginal land councils to identify and protect items of cultural heritage significance. Indeed, they are required, by law, to perform that very function by the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act, and would be in breach of the ALRA if they did nothing.

However, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council does not support the exploitation of the cultural heritage laws by Aboriginal or non Aboriginal people for personal financial gain.

Landowners have nothing to fear from Aboriginal cultural heritage, indeed they have everything to gain.

Aboriginal cultural heritage is of value to all Australians, and should be embraced and protected by all Australians.

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