Coming to terms with the Northern Territory Heritage Conservation Act 1991

23rd January 2014

Peter Hiscock

Introduction*

On 26 September 1991 the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory enacted the Heritage Conservation Act. This peculiar piece of legislation is designed to protect natural and cultural heritage, including archaeological materials, but its ambiguity and severe problems in its implementation belie this objective. Archaeologists working in the Northern Territory (NT) are in the process of coming to terms with this Act, and are finding it flawed. The purpose of this paper is to describe some of the immediate difficulties associated with this legislation.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Hiscock, P.
Coming to terms with the Northern Territory Heritage Conservation Act 1991
June 1994
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