The media release by Environment and Heritage Minister Ian Campbell about advice from the Australian Heritage Council contradicts his official determination about the request to list Sir Don Bradman's birthplace on the National Heritage list.
"The minister's release issued late today states that the advice from the council was dated 5 October 2004, that he received it on 8 October and he made a determination on 16 October," Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Christine Milne said.
"But the minister's statement of reasons for his decision, listed on the Department of the Environment and Heritage website, states that the letter of advice was dated 5 September 2004."
The relevant section appears below.
STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR DECISION UNDER SECTION 324J OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT 1999
I, Ian Gordon Campbell, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, provide the following statement of reasons for my decision of 16 October 2004, under section 324J of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), not to include Bradman's Birthplace, Cootamundra, New South Wales (NSW) in the National Heritage List.
BACKGROUND Bradman's Birthplace was nominated, on 19 April 2004, for inclusion in the National Heritage List (NHL). In accordance with subsection 324E(2) of the EPBC Act, on 5 May 2004 I requested the Australian Heritage Council to assess the place.
The Council duly completed its assessment in accordance with statutory requirements and provided it to me by letter dated 5 September 2004, in accordance with subsection 324G(2) of the EPBC Act.
Following consideration of the Council's assessment and public comments, I decided, in accordance with section 324J of the Act, not to include Bradman's Birthplace in the NHL.
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