Protecting First Nations sacred sites: are Australian laws fit for the task? ABC Radio

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PROGRAM: LAW REPORT – Presented by Damien Carrick

Traditional owners have welcomed an announcement by Parks Australia that it would plead guilty to damaging a sacred site at Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National park. The move follows a landmark High Court decision which found that statutory bodies can be held criminally liable for damaging cultural sites. 


Joshua Hunter, Traditional Owner, Kakadu National Park

Lachlan Spargo-Peattie, Crown Counsel, Northern Territory Solicitor General’s Chambers

Dr Jonathan Fulcher, Partner, HopgoodGanim Lawyers

Jamie LoweCEO, National Native Title Council; CEO, First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance 

See also FNHPA case study of this issue HERE