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Government Failing as Custodians of our Heritage

Penny Wright 13 Dec 2011

The State of the Environment report released yesterday clearly shows the Federal Government lags behind the community when it comes to the importance of preserving Australia's cultural and Indigenous heritage, Greens spokesperson for Heritage, Senator Penny Wright, said.

 

"The report indicates that heritage is underfunded in Australia and resources for heritage conservation are declining in real terms. This is alarming and at odds with the community's support for heritage issues," Senator Wright said.

 

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Labor lurches to the right and loses touch

Opening the Labor Party conference, Julia Gillard told her party faithful she wanted the ALP to be the party that says "yes to the future".

Yet the Prime Minister spent the next three days advocating for the resurrection of the old, tired conservative policies of John Howard. On policies covering asylum seekers, uranium and same-sex marriage, Labor's leader backed the stance of the former ultra-conservative Liberal prime minister.

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Science behind basin plan already flawed

The CSIRO's assessment of the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan backs up what the Australian Greens have been saying all along, by showing water and ecology targets will not be met without greater volumes being allocated to the environment.

"The science was made to fit around the figure of 2,800 GL, which was then cut by another 50 GL in the actual draft plan," Greens' Murray Darling Basin and water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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SBS a great part of our nation

The Australian Greens welcomed this evening's launch of the Friends of SBS by praising the broadcaster as "a vital service bringing Australians of diverse backgrounds together".

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said SBS is an important cultural institution and deserves adequate public funding.

"SBS was the first multicultural broadcaster established in the world. Today SBS radio transmits in a different language every hour and more than seven million viewers watch SBS TV in 63 languages every week.

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Historic Burra Deserves World Heritage Protection

Penny Wright 9 Oct 2011

Greens Spokesperson for Cultural Heritage, Senator Penny Wright, has congratulated the SA State government on its decision to block the reopening of the historical Monster Mine at Burra and is now calling for further protection for this globally significant site. 

“It was a close call,” Senator Wright says. “The Burra mining heritage site has global significance.  In 1851 the Burra Monster Mine was the richest copper mine in the world and it is a fundamental part of South Australia’s settlement history.”

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