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Brighton site demolition underway - Brown

Media Release
Bob Brown 6 May 2011

Greens Leader Bob Brown visited the contentious Brighton Bypass Aboriginal site this morning north of Hobart.

"A large swathe of earth has been removed 40m square or more and half a metre deep with no archaeological or heritage officer on site," Senator Brown said.

"The sense of place and 40,000 years of continuous history is being destroyed forever. It is a very destructive process and who knows what artefacts are in the removed soil."

"This site is becoming a monument to the intemperance of Australia to its ancient, human heritage. It is part of the pattern of ongoing destruction of the Tarkine coast, West Australian Burrup Peninsula and at James Price Point in the Kimberley if Woodside's gas factory proceeds there."

"It underscores the failure of legislation at both national and state levels," Senator Brown said.

With Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Affairs, Senator Brown will move to amend national laws to implement bigger penalties and better safeguards against the ongoing destruction of the nation's Indigenous heritage.

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