More unfounded fear from the Liberals Thu 14 March 2013 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Human Services The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Cassy O'Connor, today condemned the Tasmanian Liberals for seeking to start a fear campaign based on the Government's new Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy. "As I said yesterday, this is about recognising all aspects of our culture and history, while respecting the fact that the palawa people's enduring connection with Tasmania's landscape stretches back tens of thousands of years," Ms O'Connor said. "While I welcome Elise Archer's support for dual naming, I'm disappointed she wants to use this significant step forward as the basis of yet another Liberal Party scare campaign. "Not only are Ms Archer's comments mean-spirited, they are disrespectful in the extreme to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. "If Ms Archer thinks the full detail of the policy is not publically available, I'd encourage her to visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet website where the policy is available for everyone to see. "The policy clearly states that dual naming "can be used for naming features when an official name is widely accepted and in long use and when a name change is not possible or acceptable". "It goes on to say that there would need to be enough community support before a single Aboriginal name could be adopted. "For Ms Archer to portray this as some sort of unilateral attempt to rename every location and landmark in Tasmania is ludicrous and wrong. "Ms Archer's comments again show the Tasmanian Liberals main priority isn't good policy, it's more fear and division."