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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3646..


Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Ngunnawal ancestry is something that is personal to Ngunnawal people and they do not need to be "accredited"to identify as a Ngunnawal person. Therefore, the ACT Government does not, and will not, assume who is or is not an "accredited"Ngunnawal person. The ACT Government obtains advice on Ngunnawal culture and heritage through recognised bodies such as the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, the Interim Namadgi Advisory Board and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Consultative Council.

The ACT Government is also obliged to consult with Indigenous representatives by ACT laws such as the Heritage Act 2004. The ACT has invited local Indigenous groups to nominate to be consulted on heritage matters under that Act and a number have done so. The Heritage Act requires that the consultation occur with a representative Aboriginal organisation.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-consultations

(Question No 1345)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

What criteria, if any, does the ACT Government apply when determining who should be consulted on matters of Ngun(n)awal culture and heritage.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Depending on the nature of advice being sought, the ACT Government is able to obtain advice on Ngunnawal culture and heritage through the Ngunnawal Elders Council, the Interim Namadgi Advisory Board and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Consultative Council.

The ACT Government is also obliged to consult with Indigenous representatives by ACT laws such as the Heritage Act 2004. The ACT has invited local Indigenous groups to nominate to be consulted on heritage matters under that Act and a number have done so. The Heritage Act requires that the consultation occur with a representative Aboriginal organisation.

Land-native title

(Question No 1347)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

On what basis does the ACT Government offer symbolic recognition of the traditional Ngun(n)awal owners of the traditional lands in the ACT.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Symbolic recognition of the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of the ACT is offered on the basis of respect, and in the spirit of reconciliation.


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