AHAA Campaign Contact with Candidates

Heritage Assets have ‘value’ – cultural, environmental, economic, political – into posterity

Newport Rail Yards. Under threat. State Govt owned and neglected
(Newport Railway Workshops Preservation Group Inc)

Candidate Awareness

AHAA will ensure that all candidates need to be made aware that:

  • Heritage Assets have ‘value’ – cultural, environmental, economic, political – into posterity
  • Without reform, the currently national heritage policy approach will inevitably result in opportunity lost for the nation
  • Heritage Assets are national public assets, i.e. not private, state or local heritage assets
  • Heritage Assets are being squandered across the nation resulting in national reputational risk and actual loss – economic and cultural
  • Heritage Asset preservation and conservation are chronically underfunded due to cost-shifting and devolution approach counterproductive yet expedient demarcations, sectorial inequality, federal pork-barrelling  
  • Loss of Heritage Assets resonates across many electorates.

AND IMPORTANTLY

  • All candidates need to be made aware that there are VOTES in heritage policy reform

Note: The AHAA Survey deliberately targets candidates not political parties.

Election Campaign commences

1. Prior to the 2022 election date being called all known candidates in the 151 electorates were emailed the AHAA Survey .

2. When election date is been announced, all candidates who have not yet responded will be sent a second follow-up email.

3. Two weeks into the campaign a third email will be sent to candidates who have not yet responded.

The AHAA emails will state:

  • Heritage concerns resonate with many voters
  • Define Heritage
  • Explain that Heritage matters can longer subject to cost-shifting or pork – barrelling by the federal government.
  • Globally cultural tourism is the fastest growing export earner.
  • Nationally we are squandering heritage assets
  • AHAA has identified simple ameliorative solutions
  • AHAA would welcome their response to brief survey below.
  • The responses from all candidates will be listed on AHAA website
  • Explain abstention or failure to respond will also appear on the AHAA website

Note: The AHAA Survey deliberately targets candidates not political parties.

AHAA Candidate Survey

All candidates in the 2022 Australian Federal Election were asked to respond to the following:

  • I recognise that Australia’s heritage assets hold meaning for all citizens regardless of state and territory borders and heritage assets embrace many forms.
  • I recognise that Australia’s heritage assets have shared national ‘value’ – economic, cultural, social and environmental.
  • I recognise that the level of funding allocated to preserve or protect national heritage assets is inadequate and this results in loss of irreplaceable heritage assets.
  • I am aware of the successful UK Heritage Lottery Fund and Foundation has achieved immense public support and has delivered significant social, cultural and economic benefit.
  • I support the establishment of an Australian National Heritage Lottery modelled on the UK Heritage Lottery and Foundation.
  • I support the establishment of an Australian Ministry for Heritage dedicated to the protection, management and preservation of our shared heritage assets.

Survey Responses

  • Candidates who respond to AHAA will be listed in the following PDF.
  • Updates will be made regularly in the lead up to the Federal Election 2022.
  • No listing indicates no response from the candidate and a lack of support for Heritage Reform.
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Register Your Interest

Register to become part of the Australian Heritage Advocacy Alliance – simply email your contact details to: info@ahaa.net.au