Investors slam WA sacred sites bill, saying it will not prevent another Juukan Gorge incident

By Sue Lannin for ABC News

Investors are up in arms over a draft law in Western Australia which they say will not prevent another Juukan Gorge scandal.

The 46,000-year-old sacred rock shelters were legally destroyed last year by big miner Rio Tinto to expand an iron ore mine, despite the opposition of the traditional owners, the PKKP.

The cultural heritage bill, designed to prevent another such incident, was introduced into the WA parliament last week and it could be law by Christmas, but investors and many traditional owners in the state are not happy with it.

Mary Delahunty, head of impact at the HESTA industry superannuation fund, said the proposed new law would not do enough to stop another incident like that at Juukan Gorge.

“They had such a great chance to make a real difference and make sure that a disaster like Juukan Gorge never happened again and we don’t think this bill does that,” she said.

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