‘Indigenous Aussies must have top say on decisions on their ...


‘Indigenous Aussies must have top say on decisions on their heritage’

A report that followed destruction at Juukan Gorge says there must be national legislation for cultural protection

Melanie Burton

Australia should set out a new national legal framework to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage, an inquiry into the destruction of ancient rock shelters for an iron ore mine found in its final report on Monday.

The report said Aboriginal traditional owners should be the top decisionmakers on development applications that could impact their heritage and have the power to withhold consent and take civil action to enforce proposed new laws.

The recommendations followed a 16-month parliamentary inquiry into how Rio Tinto last year legally destroyed the sites at Juukan Gorge, Western Australia, that showed evidence of human habitation over 46,000 years, from the last Ice Age...

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