Victoria Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell
VIC Coalition Will Investigate Labor’s Record On Aboriginal Affairs
Victor P Taffa
A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will conduct a parliamentary inquiry into the establishment and effectiveness of Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs), Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell announced today.
Mrs. Powell said the Labor Government had created division between Indigenous communities across Victoria by bungling the RAP Process.
“The Labor Government introduced the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 to establish RAPs in each region to act as the primary source of advice for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.” Mrs. Powell said.
“Yet in many regions there are multiple Indigenous groups who believe they speak for their community but have had their RAP application refused or not even considered.”
“A Coalition Government will conduct a parliamentary inquiry into the establishment and effectiveness of RAPs, including the process used by the Brumby Government to identify the Indigenous groups chosen as successful RAPs.”
“The inquiry will investigate the effectiveness of RAPs in Victoria, why large parts of Victoria are still not covered by a RAP and investigate options to improve the RAP Process.”
“The purpose of the RAPs is to manage and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria and evaluate Cultural Heritage Management Plans that are required under the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2007.”
“The Brumby Government has failed to establish RAPs in all regions and after four years, only 56 % of Victoria is covered by RAPs.”
“There are instances where one RAP has been chosen in an area and another Indigenous group that has tried to register as a RAP has been denied.” Mrs. Powell said.
Mrs. Powell said the Coalition would focus on co-operating and consulting with Indigenous people to develop strategies to preserve Indigenous culture and heritage.
“A Coalition Government will recognise and be inclusive of the local Indigenous groups in each Victorian Region.” Mrs. Powell said.
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