The Government and the Opposition made it clear today that preserving Australia’s heritage is low on their agenda, the Greens said.
Both sides voted against a motion by Greens’ spokesperson for cultural heritage, Senator Penny Wright, which called on the Government to extend the life of the Register of the National Estate, which will expire in 10 days, leaving many heritage sites without protection.
“It’s quite clear that the Greens are alone in their concern about what will happen to the protection and preservation of the 13,000 natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places listed on the Register once it has expired,” Senator Wright said.
“We suspect that most of these places have not been transferred to other appropriate registers to ensure their protection, but neither the Government nor the Opposition have shown they are willing to extend the life of the Register beyond 19 February.
“Australians value their heritage but sadly this is not reflected by the Federal Government, who cut funding to the Heritage Department by 30 per cent in the last Budget, seriously undermining its ability to carry out its work.
“The operation of the Register must be extended because thousands of precious heritage sites are at risk of losing their protection and they are a vital part of our national identity.”
The transcript of the motion can be found here.