Public Submission responses to the Aboriginal Heritage Act Amendment Bill 2014 go mostly ignored

AHAA has reviewed the 172 public submissions made on the Aboriginal Heritage Act Amendment Bill 2014, to assess the number of respondents who were generally for or against the Governments proposals. Of the 172 submissions, eight respondents were in favour of the proposals, four were somewhat against, and 158 were against the changes (not including the one submission which also had an additional 28 signatures). The breakdown of these submissions can be found below. Despite the overwhelmingly negative response to the Bill and the multitude of issues, recommendations and experience presented in these submissions, only three changes were incorporated into the final Amendment Bill 2014 that was tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2014. These were to:

1. Remove the financial penalty inserted into section 15 during the drafting of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 in order to mitigate any unintended consequences,

2. To redraft section 18 and related provisions to require that a decision-maker ‘must’ rather than ‘may’ do something with an application,

3. And to remove references to ‘honorary wardens’ in sections 51 & 52.

Submission Received By: (Generally) For or Against AHAB?
The Hon Robin Chapple MLC Against
Ben Wyatt MLA Against
Katanning LCDC For
Adele Millard Consultancy Services Against
Mr Paddy Cullen Against
Stevens Heritage Services Against
Mr Paul Watson Against
Dr Thor Kerr; Dr Shaphan Cox; Dr Robert Briggs from Curtin University Against
Mr Nicholas Herriman Against
Kulyamba Aboriginal Corporation Against
SJC Heritage Consultants Against
The Law Society of Western Australia Against
The City of Swan
Ms Sandra Kelly Against
Mr Iva Hayward-Jackson Against
Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation Against
Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission Against
Mr Justin Larsen Against
Kimberley Land Council Against
Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation Against
Goldfields Land and Sea Council Against
Polygon Archaelogy Heritage Services Against
Ms Elizabeth Vaughan Against
Rhoads Bird Associates Against
Swan River People (Mr Albert Corunna; Kathy Penny; Richard Wilkes; Greg Garlett; Bella Bropho) Against
Ms Talila Milroy Against
Friends of Australian Rock Art Against
Horizon Power For
Central Desert Native Title Services Against
Ms Roberta Circosta Against
Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation Against
Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation Against
National Native Title Council Against
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia For
Iron Ore Holdings Ltd For
Gavin Jackson Cultural Resource Management Against
Mr Stephen Walker Against
APA Group Against-ish
National Trust of Australia (WA) Against
Yawuru Native Title Holders Aboriginal Corporation Against
Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Against
Mr Iain Davidson Against-ish
Ms Sharon Davies Against
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation Against
Swan Valley Nyungah Community Aboriginal Corporation Against
The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies For
The Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre Against
Pilbara Ports Authority For-ish- offers advice
Amergin Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd Against
The Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation Against
Chalk & Fitzgerald Lawyers & Consultants Against
Terra Rosa Cultural Resource Management Against-ish
Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri Indigenous Corporation Against
The Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation Against
The Mullewa Wadjari People Against
AMPLA Neutral- offers technical legal advice
Earth Creations – Environmental Art Research and Training Against
KRED Enterprises Pty Ltd Against
The Yaburara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation Against
Rio Tinto For
Dortch and Cuthbert Against
The Anthropological Society of Western Australia Against
Australia ICOMOS Against
Ms Betty Logan JP and other signees Against* (+ an additional 28 signatures)
Archaeological & Heritage Management Solutions Against-ish
South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Against
Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority Against
Anthropos Australis
Shire of Broome For
WALGA For
Australian Association of Consulting Archeologists Inc. Against
Ms Dianne Stevens Against
*Ms Melinda Wilson Against
*Submissions have been lodged in the same or closely similar terms by Laura Thomas, Kree Eyre, Christin Kohler, Shanice Smyth, Danny Carter, Candice Veitch, Skye Wilson, Amy Rorke, Kathryn Black, Joanne Walshaw, Caroline Seawright, Todd Beaton, Clare Presser, Caycia Byars, Margaret Hope, Mengar Thomas, Richard Erickson, Alex Herewane, Helen Russo, Angela Weekes, Glen Risk, Brydie Naismith, Brecon Walsh, Georgiana Ologeanu, Geoffrey Hill, Kristen Day, Janette Rhodes, Ayla Erken, Elizabeth Owen, Hollice Rundle, Susan Chalcroft, Debra Williams, Catherine Menzies, Tara Blackman, Beverley Slater, Lisa Owen, Phylis Read, S.K. Riley, Stephen Franzini, Ailsa Turrell, Laurel Alexander, Megan Porter, Catherine Harburn, Richard Lanyon, Dani Rosendorff, Cheryl Bell, Jesse Holly, Tracey Ashmore, Doreen Anderson, Kim Seater, Kylie Farmer, Lee West, Patrick Greechan, Simon Golley, Ines Portugal, David Joseph, Mia Madsen, Ann Kennedy, Breony Carbines, Heidi Mippy, Jessica Fairbairn, Rita Gyorffy, Clare Kennedy, Tyson Mowarin, Jayne Alexander, Craig Heading, Jan Rock, Vickey Hill, Mark Ditcham, Lorene Stewart, Walter McGuire, Irene Gale, Dan Musil, Liz Mackie, Therese Quinland, Andrea Hilton, John Terry, Simone Watson, Darren Irwin, Spider Redgold, Cindylee Smallman, George Theodoridis, Patrick Hudson, Chris Osborn, Julie Dowling, Marjan Kiewiet, Lisa Kitney, Bronwyn Evans, Sandra Hill, Genevieve Murphy, Marcella Maloney, Peter Zuvela, Alie Arjaans, Anne-Marie Smith and Brenda Hill. Against* (an additional 95 individuals)
 TOTAL 8 For
4 Somewhat against

1 Somewhat for

158 Against
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