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Notice given 3 February 2006

1573  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Was the Australian Federal Police involved in the decision to seize the artwork Proudly unAustralian from a billboard belonging to the Trocadero Art Space gallery in Melbourne in the week beginning 29 January 2006; if so, on what grounds.

(2) Is the Minister aware of any warrant to remove the artwork; if so, on what grounds was the warrant issued.

(3) Is burning or defacing an Australian flag illegal under state or federal laws; if so, are artists protected from these laws by satirical or fair comment provisions.

(4) Would such an act be considered seditious under anti-terrorist legislation.

(5) What must be the nature and form of public complaint in order to justify such actions.