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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Laws scrapped, but for how long?

16 August 2023

6:00 AM

16 August 2023

6:00 AM

The Western Australian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act went into effect on July 1, 2023. On August 8, 39 days later, The Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti stood on the steps of the WA Parliament and announced that the Labor government would immediately write new legislation to repeal the Act.

‘Put simply, the laws went too far, were too prescriptive, too complicated, and placed unnecessary burdens on everyday Western Australian property owners,’ Premier Cook confessed.

This official announcement was made after about 2 months of intense pressure from the state’s farming, mining, and pastoralist industries over concerns the new laws were confusing and difficult to...

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