Digital Desk, Canberra. People demand new laws for cultural heritage protection- Indigenous groups from around Australia will shape the country’s cultural heritage protection systems under a new agreement.
The government on Monday announced a partnership with the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance to help improve inheritance laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australia’s indigenous culture heritage protection systems have faced intense criticism after mining giant Rio Tinto destroyed a culturally significant 46,000-year-old rock shelter in Western Australia’s Jucan Gorge last year, Xinhua news agency reported. .
A parliamentary inquiry in October called for a new legislative framework to better protect sites of cultural importance that state and federal legislation was inadequate. Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said on Monday that the views of Indigenous peoples should be central to an overhaul of conservation laws. He said in a statement that Indigenous Australians should have the right to determine the heritage that is important to them.
The coalition will represent more than 30 indigenous groups across the country and will consult with many others. It will be chaired by Cado Muir, president of the National Native Title Council, who has welcomed the opportunity to help design the reforms. He said that it is important that our cultural heritage sites be recognized and protected based on the underlying cultural heritage values.
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