Senator the Hon. George Brandis S.C.
Minister for the Arts and Sport
Former Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate archived website
Minister for the Arts and Sport from 23 November 2001 to 30 January 2007
8 May 2007
The Australian Government will provide $4.7 million over four years in continued funding to ensure Australian Indigenous ancestral remains and secret sacred objects can be returned to their community of origin, and to develop a framework for the repatriation of Indigenous remains of other nations which are held in Australian collections.
“The Australian Government recognises that the return of cultural property to its traditional custodians is extremely important to Indigenous communities. This funding will ensure the continuation of this vital programme which has so far seen the return of more than 1,475 remains and 603 secret sacred objects,” the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis, said today.
The Return of Indigenous Cultural Property programme funds the repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains and secret sacred objects held in the collections of the eight major Australian museums in partnership with State and Territory governments.
“While we have made considerable progress in returning ancestral remains and secret sacred objects to Indigenous communities, it is estimated that the eight major museums participating in the current programme collectively hold more than 7,070 ancestral remains and more than 11,448 secret sacred objects,” Senator Brandis said.
Funding has also been provided to develop a framework for the return of non-Australian Indigenous remains held in Australian collections to their countries of origin.
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