From The West Australian:
Disappointment over Burrup rock art probe result
Environmentalists and industry representatives say they are disappointed a Senate committee inquiring into the effects of emissions on the Burrup Peninsula’s ancient Aboriginal rock art has failed to reach a consensus, with comm-ittee members splitting along party lines in their final report.
The environment and communications references committee report into the status of protections for the Burrup’s millions of rock carvings was tabled in the Federal Senate on Wednesday, and while all members agreed on the international significance of the art, they failed to agree on a set of recommendations, with senators from each party compiling separate lists.
Friends of Australian Rock Art scientific adviser John Black said the split result was “devastating” for the Burrup’s rock art.
“This is disastrous for the rock art really because it makes it much more difficult for legislation to reduce the emissions to pass through Parliament, and much easier for industry and shipping to provide excuses that they don’t have to reduce their level of emissions,” he said.
“If we keep going the way we are at the moment, that rock art will be lost.”