Ben Wyatt was Indigenous X host from March 19 to March 31.
Five questions to Ben Wyatt
This week, the Western Australian parliament will begin debating the Barnett government’s Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act 2014. I have been very critical of this legislation, as it has no consideration whatsoever for the aspirations of Aboriginal people in respect of our heritage, and removes our ability to make decisions when it comes to our heritage sites. There seems to be almost no community support for this legislation. Again, it shows that the Barnett government is completely unwilling to engage and consult with Aboriginal people on issues that have a direct impact on their lives. What frustrates me, and other Aboriginal people, is that there is broad consensus that this legislation is in dire need of modernisation. However, the WA government has missed a huge opportunity to bring Aboriginal people into the heritage architecture in WA.