The West Australian

Authorities will use a “light touch” approach to enforcing updated Aboriginal heritage laws for the next year while a cross-sector “implementation group” has been formed to iron out any major issues.

The measures announced Thursday — just two days before the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act comes into effect — were immediately seized upon by Liberal leader Libby Mettam as a concession from the Government that the rollout of the overhauled legislation had been “completely botched”.

“This has been a complete mess from the start,” she said.

“The Opposition, again, urges the Cook Government to put a pause on these regulations which will most impact our landowners, local governments, pastoralists, graziers, and explorers.”

Premier Roger Cook strongly denied the formation of an implementation group and year-long “educative” compliance regime represented any kind of back down.

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