Protecting the Spirit of Sea Country Bill 2023
Protecting the Spirit of Sea Country Bill 2023

AMSA made a submission to The Senate Environment & Communications Committee on Protecting the Spirit of Sea Country Bill 2023.

Overall, AMSA support the intent and core purpose of this bill to legislate the principles of:

  1. Including Traditional Owners and knowledge holders in First Nations communities in the definition of ‘Relevant Person’;
  2. The requirement for standards of consultation to be created; and
  3. Ensuring that underwater and intangible cultural heritage is identified in offshore project proposals and environment plans, alongside an evaluation of the impacts and risks that this project might pose and any potential alternative options.

AMSA identifies, however, that written in its current form, the bill does not adequately protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultural heritage.

>> Read the full submission