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									Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA:

1. Environment Heritage Division Gallipoli – Heritage Listing 91

Question No: 26

Senator Mark Bishop asked: When did the discussions commence after the Prime Minister’s first public statement? Perhaps you might take me through the discussions, to the extent that you can, prior to, with the times involved, the people involved, the locations involved, the Prime Minister’s statement and subsequent similar activity. Answer/s: See answer to Question on Notice 27.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Sub Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA:

1. Environment

Question No: 27

Heritage Division Gallipoli – Heritage Listing 92, 93

Senator Mark Bishop asked: Could you provide to this committee prior to the date of that Senate committee hearing a chronology of the events both prior to and after the Prime Minister’s announcement on 18 December concerning the heritage listing. You are telling me that now necessarily involves a range of other departments that have to be consulted with. Is that question clear, Mr Young? Could you also in that answer advise us who was involved in the negotiations and the time and place of those negotiations and which officers were involved as well. Could you also tell us which departmental officials and on how many occasions they have visited Turkey to process the negotiations or the consultation in that time period as well across all of the relevant agencies. Answer/s: See attached document: Proposal for National Heritage Listing of the Anzac Area. Chronology of Key Dates. Department of the Environment and Heritage.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005 Qon27, attachment

Proposal for National Heritage Listing of the Anzac Area Chronology of Key Dates Department of the Environment and Heritage 12 September 2002: Lunch hosted by Defence Minister for visit by Turkish Minister for Defence, attended by Turkish Ambassador, Attorney-General, Chief of the Defence Forces and Chair, Australian Heritage Commission. 17 September 2002: Formal meeting at Turkish Embassy, Canberra, between Australian Government officials and Turkish Ambassador, including First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Director, Office of Australian War Graves, and officers of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of the Environment and Heritage. 14 October 2002: Letter to Turkish Ambassador from First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage. 17 October 2002: Visit by Turkish Ambassador to Minister for the Environment and Heritage. 29 October - 5 November 2002: Visit to Turkey by First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage for meetings with Turkish officials, accompanied by officers at post. 29 November 2002: Letter to Turkish Embassy from First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage. 20 May 2003: Meeting between First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage and Turkish Ambassador. 30 June – 5 July 2003: Meeting between First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage and Turkish officials in the margins of World Heritage Committee meeting. 15 July 2003: Letter from Turkish Embassy to Department of the Environment and Heritage. 16 July 2003: Letter from Department of the Environment and Heritage to Turkish Embassy.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

22 July 2003: Visit by Australian Embassy officials to Turkish official. 25 September 2003: Diplomatic note sent to Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs providing details of National Heritage legislation and seeking commencement of formal discussions. 9 October 2003: Letter from Minister for Environment and Heritage to Turkish Minister for the Environment and Forestry. 19 November 2003: Meeting between First Assistant Secretary, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage and Turkish Ambassador. November 2003: Meetings between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. December 2003: Meetings between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. 20 December 2003: Meeting between Australian Ambassador and Turkish Minister for the Environment and Forestry. December 2003: Discussions between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. January 2004: Discussions between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. February 2004: Discussions between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. 2 March 2004: Letter from Minister for the Environment and Heritage to the Australian Heritage Council. 2 March 2004: Letters from Minister for the Environment and Heritage to the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. 16 April 2004: Letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs to Minister for the Environment and Heritage. 22 April 2004: Meeting in Ankara between Australian and Turkish Government Ministers. July-August 2004: Discussions between Australian Ambassador and Turkish officials as part of farewell calls. December 2004: Discussions between new Australian Ambassador and Turkish officials as part of introductory calls. 14 February 2005: Visit to Australia by Governor of Cannakale Province under Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Special Visits Programme.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

8 March 2005: Meeting between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. 24 March 2005: Meeting between Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Turkish Embassy officials. 24 March 2005: Meetings between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. 12 April 2005: Meeting between Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Turkish Ambassador. 10-17 April 2005: Visit to Turkey by senior Australian Government officials - Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister and Cabinet, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, First Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment and Heritage. 26 April 2005: Meeting between Prime Minister and Turkish Prime Minister during visit to Turkey for 90th Anniversary of landings at Gallipoli. 5-11 May 2005: Meeting between Australian Embassy and Turkish officials. 10 June 2005: Letter from Minister for the Environment and Heritage to Turkish Government. *********************************************

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA:

1. Environment Heritage Division Gallipoli – Heritage Listing 93

Question No: 28

Senator Mark Bishop asked: Do we know why the Prime Minister of Turkey made that decision? Senator Ian Campbell—He explained his reasons. That is a fair question. We should get a transcript of that press conference and then just have it tabled. Answer/s: The Secretary, Department of the Environment and Heritage, wrote to the Chairman of the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee on 8 June 2005 to clarify evidence given at the hearing of 26 May 2005. In part, the letter explained: ―At page 93 of the Proof Hansard, there was some discussion about a statement apparently made by the Turkish Prime Minister in relation to listing Anzac Cove as a heritage site. Minister Campbell and I undertook to track down a copy of the statement and provide it to the Committee. After checking the details I now wish to advise that the correct answer is: The Turkish Prime Minister did not make any statement following his meeting with the Prime Minister. However Prime Minister Howard released a statement following the meeting which outlines the key outcomes of the meeting. I have attached a copy of the Prime Minister’s statement.‖

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005 Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA: 1. Environment Heritage Division National Heritage Listings 98 Question No: 29

Senator Wong asked: Mr Young, on notice, I wonder if you could provide the actual places that comprise the various figures you have just given me—the 84, the 26 etcetera. And if you can indicate the basis of why others are not provided as well in the answer, I would appreciate that. Of those, how many sites were nominated more than 12 months ago? Of those which have not been placed on the list—let us exclude the eight, if we can do that—how any of the nominations were nominated more than 12 months ago? When you do your list, can you give us the dates of the nominations as well? Answer/s: To 26 May 2005, there had been a total of 85 nominations made by the public under the standard provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for the inclusion of places in the National Heritage List. Table 1 includes all but eleven of those places. The reasons for the exclusions are: four nominations are for places in foreign countries; six nominations have not been referred to the Australian Heritage Council because the nominator has not provided sufficient location and boundary data, and one place was in the process of being referred to the Council (Kyneton Mechanics Institute, Victoria, since referred to the Council). To 26 May 2005, there had been requests from the public for a total of 25 places to be included in the National Heritage List under the emergency provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Table 2 includes all these places.

TABLE 1. LIST OF ALL AUSTRALIAN NOMINATED PLACES REFERRED TO AHC FOR ASSESSMENT AS AT 26 MAY 2005 Name NSW Yooroona Tank Barrier Dundullimal Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps (Baiames Ngunnhu) Brandy Marys Bago State Forest Crown Leases Bradmans Birthplace Barlings Beach Area Street Nearest Town Status Date of receipt 16/12/2004 29/07/2004 9/11/2004

Waterfall Way Obley Rd Doyle St

Ebor Dubbo Brewarrina

Being assessed Being assessed Assessment transmitted to Minister

East Bago Powerline Rd Adams St Red Hill Pde Wara-n'hayara Mount Plateau Area Kiera Rd BMA House Macquarie St Sydney Opera House Circular Quay East First Government House Site Australia Square Bondi Surf Pavilion Bridge St George St Queen Elizabeth Dr Bronte Rd North Head Scenic Dr Edward St Olympic Dr Alfred St South Joseph St Sir Henrys Pde Pitt Town Rd Captain

Talbingo

Assessment transmitted to Minister Not included in NHL Assessment transmitted to Minister Being assessed Being assessed Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Being assessed Being assessed Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed

26/10/2004

Cootamundra Tomakin Wollongong Sydney Sydney

22/04/2004 9/06/2004 11/01/2005 17/08/2004 15/06/2004

Sydney Sydney Bondi Beach

17/08/2004 15/06/2004 17/06/2004

Charing Cross Commercial Centre North Head Manly Graythwaite Luna Park Lavender Bay, Milsons Point Foreshore Lidcombe Hospital (former) Eurama Pitt Town District Cultural Precinct Kurnell Peninsula

Waverley Manly North Sydney Milsons Point Sydney

28/01/2005 6/08/2004 14/03/2005 14/03/2005 1/10/2004

Lidcombe Faulconbridge Pitt Town Kurnell

Assessment transmitted to Minister Not included in NHL Being assessed Part included in NHL

15/07/2004 5/04/2004 4/01/2005 18/05/2004

Name

Street Cook Dr Parramatta Rd Hay St

Nearest Town

Status

Date of receipt 29/03/2004 29/09/2004

Haberfield Conservation Area Church Hill Vic Barwon Sewer Aqueduct Lady Julia Percy Island - Tyrendarra Area Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape Tyrendarra Area Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape Mt Eccles Lake Condah Area Eureka Stockade Gardens Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour War Graves, Mildura Public Cemetery Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park Bendigo Town Hall

Haberfield Port Macquarie Breakwater Yambuk

Being assessed Being assessed

Leather St

Being assessed Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Included in NHL

19/11/2004 17/02/2004

Tyrendarra

17/02/2004

Mt Eccles Rd

Macarthur

Included in NHL

17/02/2004

Eureka St Remembran ce Drive Cemetery Road Chewton Rd

Eureka Ballarat Mildura Castlemaine

Included in NHL Being assessed Not included in NHL Included in NHL

16/07/2004 16/04/2004 12/02/2004 11/03/2004

Hargreaves St Historic Wharf - Port Murray of Echuca Esplanade Alpine Grazing Bogong Licensed Areas in High Plains the Alpine National Rd Park Glenrowan Heritage Old Hume Precinct Hwy Newman College Old Melbourne Gaol Orica House Sidney Myer Music Bowl Portable Iron Houses Point Cook Air Base Swanston St Russell St Nicholson St Kings Domain Coventry St

Bendigo Echuca Falls Creek

Not included in NHL Being assessed Being assessed

16/07/2004 8/11/2004 16/12/2004

Glenrowan

Parkville Melbourne East Melbourne Melbourne

Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed

3/06/2004

15/06/2004 5/10/2004 15/06/2004 15/06/2004 18/03/2005 13/02/2004

South Melbourne Aviation Rd Point Cook

Name Rippon Lea House and Garden HMVS Cerberus Point Nepean Area Quarantine Station and Surrounds, Portsea SA Golden Grove House, Shearing Sheds and Quarters South Australian Old and New Parliament Houses

Street Hotham St

Nearest Town Elsternwick Black Rock Portsea Portsea

Status Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed

Date of receipt 30/08/2004 3/09/2004 25/02/2004 23/07/2004

Defence Rd Defence Rd

Golden Grove Rd North Tce

Golden Grove

Not included in NHL

5/03/2004

Adelaide

City of Adelaide Historic Layout and Park Lands The Adelaide Park Lands Qld Palma Rosa New Farm Park Glass House Mountains Middle Percy Island and Pine Islet Cairns Yacht Club Tree of Knowledge Dinosaur Stampede National Monument WA Burrup Peninsula, Islands of the Dampier Archipelago and Dampier Coast Dampier Archipelago Art Site Area Fremantle Prison (former)

South Terrace South Tce

Adelaide

Assessment completed and transmitted to Minister. Open for public comment on proposed listing Being assessed

18/03/2004

10/03/2005

Adelaide

Being assessed

27/09/2004

Queens Rd Sydney St Beerburrum Woodford Rd

Hamilton New Farm Beerburrum

Assessment transmitted to Minister Assessment transmitted to Minister Being assessed

25/06/2004 6/07/2004 31/01/2005

Carmila Wharf St Oak St WintonJundah Rd Karratha Dampier Rd Cairns Barcaldine Winton

Being assessed Assessment transmitted to Minister Being assessed Included in NHL

27/01/2005 29/09/2004 30/04/2004 12/01/2004

Dampier

Being assessed

24/05/2004

Karratha Dampier Rd The Terrace

Dampier

Being assessed

25/03/2004

Fremantle

Being assessed

24/08/2004

Name Cape Inscription Area Tas Hydro Electric Commission Building (former) Richmond Bridge and Setting Recherche Bay Area

Street

Nearest Town Dirk Hartog Island

Status Being assessed

Date of receipt 4/01/2005

Elizabeth St

Hobart

Bridge St

Richmond Southport

Port Arthur Historic Site Tarkine Wilderness Area Great Western Tiers NT Hermannsburg Historic Precinct ACT Old Parliament House and Curtilage Parliament House and Surrounds Australian Academy of Science Building Cameron Offices

Arthur Hwy Waratah Rd

Port Arthur Savage River Meander

Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Assessment transmitted to Minister Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Assessment transmitted to Minister Being assessed Being assessed Being assessed

15/06/2004

11/05/2004 2/02/2004

20/04/2004 8/07/2004 15/10/2004 20/09/2004

Larapinta Dr King George Tce Parliament Dr Gordon St Chandler St

Alice Springs

Canberra Capital Hill

Being assessed Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Being assessed Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister. Being assessed

22/10/2004 15/06/2004

Canberra City Belconnen

15/06/2004 15/06/2004

High Court National Gallery Precinct External Mawsons Huts and Mawsons Huts Historic Site Tasmanian Seamounts

Parkes Pl

Parkes

15/06/2004

Dumont D'Urville Station Hobart

Included in NHL

2/04/2004

Assessment completed. To be transmitted to Minister.

21/06/2004

TABLE 2. PLACES SUBMITTED FOR EMERGENCY NATIONAL HERITAGE LISTING (EL) AS AT 26 MAY 2005 Name Street Nearest Town Status Date of Receipt

NSW Cod Hole - Julian Rocks Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Tollgate Islands Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Montague Island Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Pinnacle Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Big and Little Seal Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Little Broughton Island Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Bass Point - Shell Harbour Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Lower Crown Crown St Street Precinct Mine Sites along Illawarra Escarpment Nepean River South Corridor Western Fwy Dendrobium Long Wall Area Magic Point Maroubra Grey Nurse Shark Habitat North Head North Head Manly Scenic Dr ADI Site Western The

Byron Bay

Not included in NHL under EL provisions

10/11/2004

Lilli Pilli

Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions

10/11/2004

Narooma

10/11/2004

Forster

10/11/2004

Seal Rocks

10/11/2004

Shoal Bay

10/11/2004

Shell Harbour

Not included in NHL under EL provisions

10/11/2004

Wollongong Wollongong

Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions

26/05/2004 30/03/2005

Douglas Park

30/03/2005

Wollongong Maroubra

30/03/2005 10/11/2004

Manly Llandilo

Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL

08/12/2004 25/11/2004

Name Precinct

Street

Nearest Town

Status under EL provisions

Date of Receipt

Northern Rd Kurnell Peninsula Captain Cook Dr Manta Arch South Solitary Island Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Anemone Bay North Solitary Island Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Cod Grounds Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Green Island Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Fish Rock Grey Nurse Shark Habitat Vic Alpine National Park

Kurnell Woolgoolga

Part included in NHL after EL provisions Rejected for EL

07/09/2004 10/11/2004

Woolgoolga

Not included in NHL under EL provisions

10/11/2004

Laurieton

Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions Not included in NHL under EL provisions

10/11/2004

South West Rocks South West Rocks

10/11/2004

10/11/2004

Hotham Heights

Rejected once. Under reconsideration at 26 May 2005. Subsequently listed. Application withdrawn

12/01/2005, 26/05/2005

SA The Adelaide Park Lands WA Dampier Rock Art Precinct Tas Recherche Bay Area ACT Black Mountain, Aranda Bushland, OConnor and Bruce Ridges and Gossan Hill

South Tce

Adelaide

29/07/2004

Karratha Dampier Rd

Dampier

Application withdrawn

20/05/2004

Southport

Not included in NHL under EL provisions three times Not included in NHL under EL provisions twice.

14/12/2004, 04/01/2005, 01/04/2005 30/03/2004, 27/04/2004

Bruce

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA:

1. Environment Heritage Division National Heritage Listings 100

Question No: 30

Senator Wong asked: Can you provide me with an indication of when the legal advice was sought? On notice, can you find the date for me, please. Answer/s: The advice (concerning the inclusion of World Heritage places in the National Heritage List) was sought on or about 13 January 2005. The advice was received on 13 January 2005.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA:

1. Environment Heritage Division National Heritage Listings Written Question on Notice

Question No: 31

Senator Wong asked: What proportion of the $5.6 million is for DEH staff? Answer/s: Approximately 75% of the total budget for the AHC was spent on DEH staff engaged in supporting the Council functions.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 32

Funding of Daintree Conservation Initiative

Hansard Page ECITA: 123

Senator Wong asked: Can we go to the $5 million? Is that broken down over the three years that you are talking about, or can you break that down? Is there allocation between those four activities or four purposes? Please could you provide those allocations on notice. Answer/s: The $5 million Daintree Conservation Initiative allocations is broken down over three years as: Financial Year Proposed Expenditure 2004-2005 $1 325 000 (GST exclusive) 2005-2006 $2 175 000 (GST exclusive) 2006-2007 $1 500 000 (GST exclusive) Total $5 000 000 (GST exclusive)

The amounts allocated to the four major activities for the first two years of operation of the Daintree Conservation Initiative are: Activity Land purchase Land Stewardship Education/Marketing Administration / Professional services Amount $2 500 000 $500 000 $200 000 $300 000

Funding for the final year of operation will be negotiated in the preceding year.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 33

Funding of Daintree Conservation Initiative

Hansard Page ECITA: 124

Senator Wong asked:
And all three tiers of government have to sign off on that?

Answer/s: No.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 34

Funding of Daintree Conservation Initiative

Hansard Page ECITA: 124

Senator Wong asked:
Are these strategic priorities the criteria under which the funding—any funding requests or applications would be assessed? And they are not finalised yet? When do you anticipate that will happen?

Answer/s: Yes. The strategic priorities will provide information to guide funding decisions. The strategic priorities are expected to be finalised by the end of August 2005.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 35

Funding of Daintree Conservation Initiative

Hansard Page ECITA: 125

Senator Wong asked: Who is the Australian Rainforest Foundation? You say they are a not-for-profit organisation established by the wet tropics management board. Answer/s: The Australian Rainforest Foundation is an Australian Public Company established by the Wet Tropics Management Authority in 1996, with the support of the Wet Tropics Ministerial Council. It is listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations as a Tax Deductible Organisation.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 36

Funding of Daintree Conservation Initiative

Hansard Page ECITA: 125

Senator Wong asked: I think my question still stands: prior to the decision was it a request by the foundation to be the administrator of the funds or did the Commonwealth simply make a decision to seek the foundation’s assistance for the administration of the funds? Senator Ian Campbell—If there is any discrepancy in what I have said and what happened I will give you a supplementary answer. Answer/s: Minister Campbell’s responses are correct.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 37

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984

Hansard Page ECITA: Written Question on Notice

Senator Carr asked: The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, the Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone, recently gave an interview on local ABC radio in Bendigo in relation to the proposed Echuca-Moama bridge, in which she discussed proposed amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984. The following is a quote from that interview: "The point about this particular legislation is that it is under major review and there have been amendments put to it. It is probably months away, waiting until we have control of both houses (of the Senate) and putting finishing touches on the amendments. "The amendments are expected to take out all of the special Victorian conditions, because this part of the Act … only applies to Victoria, not to other states. There's a number of special circumstances this Act has … only applicable to Victoria. So the act is in the process of amendment." Can you confirm that there is not currently a Bill before Parliament to amend the Act? Answer: There is not currently a Bill before Parliament to amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 38

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 Written Question on Notice

Hansard Page ECITA:

Senator Carr asked: When was the Act last amended (other than consequential amendments such as those arising from the Act to abolish ATSIC)? Answer: The last major amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 were in 1987, to include Part IIA and related provisions for the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria. There have been minor amendments since then, including amendments by regulations in relation to the Victorian provisions.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 39

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 Written Question on Notice

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Senator Carr asked: Is it the case that this legislation is under major review? Answer: Parts of the Act are under review, mainly to allow Victoria to enact its own Indigenous heritage protection legislation.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 40 and 41

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 Written Question on Notice

Hansard Page ECITA:

Senator Carr asked: If so, how is this review being conducted? Who is being consulted? Is there information available on the Department’s website in relation to the review? If the Act is not the subject of a public review, is it being reviewed within the Government? Answer: There have been discussions with the Victorian Government, which is conducting wider consultations with the community on their proposed replacement legislation.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 42

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 Written Question on Notice

Hansard Page ECITA:

Senator Carr asked: Has the Government considered specific amendments to the Act? Answer: The Government is considering specific amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 to enable Victorian to enact its own Indigenous heritage legislation. Consideration is also being given to amending the Act to resolve inconsistencies between it and the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage

Question No: 43

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 Written Question on Notice

Hansard Page ECITA:

Senator Carr asked: Has the Government taken a decision to amend the Act to take out all of the special Victorian provisions? Answer: The Government is currently considering amendments to the Act that would repeal these provisions to allow proposed Victorian Indigenous heritage legislation to come into effect.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic:

1. Environment Heritage Division

Question No: 44

Potential amendments to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 Written Question on Notice

Hansard Page ECITA:

Senator Carr asked: Has the Government taken any decisions on other amendments to the Act? If so, what amendments has it decided to make? Answer: The Government is currently considering amending the Act to resolve areas of inconsistency between it and the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

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1. Environment Heritage Division Heritage Expertise Written Question on Notice

Question No: 45

Senator Wong asked: Do any of the Minister’s advisers have historic environment expertise? What about the DEH Secretary? Any of the Deputy Secretaries? First Assistant Secretaries? Assistant Secretaries? Directors? Assistant Directors? How many genuine experts on the historic environment are there in the Department of Environment and Heritage? Answer/s: Currently, the Heritage Division in the Department has sixteen officers who have professional qualifications in history, architecture, landscape architecture, historical archaeology and other fields relevant to historic heritage.

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology & the Arts Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Environment and Heritage Budget Estimates 2005-2006, May 2005

Outcome: Division/Agency: Topic: Hansard Page ECITA:

1. Environment Heritage Division Heritage Expertise Written Question on Notice

Question No: 46 and 47

Senator Wong asked: What about the Australian Heritage Council, -- who are the historic environment experts? Could you briefly explain their expertise? Wouldn't the Australian Heritage Council and the Australian community be better served if the Government appointed recognised experts to the Council? Answer/s: The two historic experts on the Australian Heritage Council required under s7 of the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003 are Mr Roger Beale AM and Ms Jane Lennon AM. As well as being a former Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, Mr Beale was a Commissioner on the Australian Heritage Commission for more than seven years with particular emphasis on historic heritage. As a member of the Commission’s Historic Environment Sub-Committee he participated, over these years, in the assessment of hundreds of historic heritage places. Ms Lennon is a heritage consultant who is widely acknowledged for her expertise and contributions to heritage, being awarded an AM for her services to heritage. She has a long involvement with heritage conservation through her work in the Victorian public service and as a member of numerous professional and community associations. She has an MA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. Ms Lennon is also a former Australian Heritage Commissioner, a former member of the Council of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM), and currently an adjunct professor in Cultural Heritage Studies at Deakin University.


								
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