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Whatever happened to heritage?

Scott Ludlam 27 Oct 2008

After a couple of recent conversations with heritage advocates it became clear that Commonwealth funding for Australia's cultural heritage places is in trouble. In fact, heritage protection in Australia just seems to be falling through the cracks.

Tuesday 21 October 2008

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So that was estimates

So that was estimates.

One of the few advantages of being new to this job is appreciating it's strangeness with fresh eyes. Three times a year, while the Senate is in recess, an intriguing and largely overlooked ritual takes place in the airy committee rooms of Parliament House in Canberra. Senior public servants, heads of departments and a highly qualified army of advisers and minders converge for five days of cross-examination in front of the Senate's eight standing committees.

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Greening the Pilbara

The new Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia, Scott
Ludlam is visiting Karratha to meet with community leaders from 17-18
July.

“Enormous wealth is being taken out of the Pilbara. Much more needs
to stay here in the form of housing and zone tax rebates, and
protecting our globally significant heritage values. The social
infrastructure is crumbling because people just can’t afford to live
here, and the Burrup is being subject to continued vandalism because we
still can’t get basic planning policies right.

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Burrup heritage mess won’t go away

On the occasion of Woodside’s gas deals with China, the Greens have
added their support to the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo Native Title Group’s
application for a Ministerial Declaration under Sections 9 and 10 of
the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Protection Act over the Pluto Site ‘B’ lease on the Burrup Peninsula.

“The situation should never have come to this,” Greens Senate candidate Scott Ludlam said.

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