A First Nations lawyer and academic says we have to keep speaking out against poor Aboriginal heritage laws.

The Western Australian Government’s controversial new heritage laws passed the upper house last night and will go to Government House for royal assent.

The laws are a reaction to the destruction of the 46,000 year old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge by Rio Tinto last year.

The laws have been heavily criticised by Traditional Owner groups as giving all decision making power to the Government and that they were not consulted prior to the drafting of the laws.

Noongar woman Professor Hannah McGlade says we are looking at an assimilationist future.

She spoke to Adam Evans yesterday before the laws passed.