1. The Senate notes that:
a) Cape York’s Quinkan region is home to rock art galleries and cultural sites of great cultural significance, with some sites dated to 30,000 years old;
b) Much of this art and cultural heritage is not adequately protected and is open to mining exploration activities; and
c) The Traditional Owners of the Quinkan Region want the Quinkan rock art galleries and surrounding cultural landscapes fully protected from mining exploration and other destructive activities, and support its inclusion in a World Heritage nomination for Cape York Peninsula.
2. The Senate calls on:
a) the Queensland Government to refuse any mining exploration in the Quinkan rock art galleries until the area is declared a World Heritage Area.
b) the federal Government to step in to protect the Quinkan rock art galleries and surrounding cultural landscapes from all mining activities, until the area is declared a World Heritage Area in accordance with the wishes of the Traditional Owners.