YMAC has been advocating for several years for legislative reform that will result in a more equitable position for Traditional Owners and a better balance of “give and get”, in agreements.
YMAC believes that consultation rights should be legislated.
Presently and historically, Aboriginal heritage is not treated the same as European built heritage. In this context, if an action can deliver an economic outcome, then development activity appears to override any other interests every time.
Additionally, Aboriginal cultural heritage must be considered throughout a project’s lifecycle – particularly as new information comes to light – both before and after agreements (including existing agreements) have been made.