Labor’s belated interest in Parramatta’s Female Factory and their bizarre call for bipartisan support on heritage listing displays an astonishing lack of awareness.
“It has been almost 11 months since I publicly announced that the Parramatta Female Factory had been added to the Australian Heritage Council’s priority assessment list for inclusion on the National Heritage List,” Minister Hunt said.
“The site is already being assessed and the process for adding it to the National Heritage List is well underway.”
“This is one of the most humiliatingly silly announcements I have seen from Labor – calling for bipartisan support 11 months after we announced the very thing Julie Owens now pretends to call for.”
Labor’s commitment yesterday to ‘progress’ the site for listing on something they call the ‘National Heritage Register’ reveals a party slow on the uptake and alarmingly ignorant of the most basic of details.
“Just last week the Coalition announced $170,000 in heritage grants for Sydney, including Old Government House in Parramatta,” Mr Beckwith said.
“Only the Turnbull Government understands the importance of Australia's extraordinary heritage and recognises the sector’s contribution to jobs and the economy.”
“We want to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to visit and enjoy these places.”