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MOTION: Parramatta Female Factory Precinct

Senator RHIANNON(New South Wales) (15:40):

I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the green bans movement led by the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation, the forerunner of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), saved key heritage precincts in Sydney, including the Rocks and Victoria Street at Kings Cross,

(ii) the CFMEU New South Wales Branch has placed a ‘green ban' on the iconic Parramatta Female Factory Precinct,

(iii) the Hobart Female Factory gained World Heritage status despite the fact that it is not as extensive, well-preserved, significant or as old as the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, and

(iv) the proposed 30 storey, 3 900 unit development at North Parramatta would negatively impact the heritage listing of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct; and

(b) calls on the Minister for the Environment to:

(i) acknowledge the national and world heritage value of this site, and

(ii) urgently approve the Precinct's National Heritage Listing.

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