Editorial

Authors

  • Jay Hall School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25120/qar.4.1987.170

Abstract

As 1987 comes to a close a very important piece of Queensland legislation is being repealed, an event which affects all archaeologists working in this state. I refer of course to the Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1967-76 which, since its enactment has served to protect Aboriginal cultural remains by making them the property of the crown. While it has come under quite a deal of fire over the years, especially for not providing for sites of Aboriginal cultural significance and for appearing to have little power to prevent the theft and vandalism of relics, it has worked quite well compared to similar acts in other states. I write now not to mourn its passing so much as to raise some skepticism regarding the piece of legislation that will take its place -- The Cultural Record (Landscapes Queensland and Queensland Estate) Bill.

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Published

1987-01-01

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Editorial