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Military Memorials of National Significance Bill 2008

Part 2 Declaration of Military Memorials of National Significance

   

4   Declaration of Military Memorials of National Significance

             (1)  The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette , declare a memorial to be a Military Memorial of National Significance if:

                     (a)  an application for the memorial to be so declared has been made in accordance with section 7 (subject to subsection (2) of this section); and

                     (b)  the Minister is satisfied that the memorial meets the criteria specified in subsection (3); and

                     (c)  the Prime Minister has, in writing, agreed to the making of the declaration.

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply in relation to the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat.

             (3)  For the purpose of paragraph (1)(b), the criteria are as follows:

                     (a)  the memorial is of a scale, design and standard appropriate for a memorial of nationally significant status, and is appropriately dignified and symbolic;

                     (b)  the memorial commemorates Australia’s military involvement in a significant aspect of Australia’s wartime history, and that is its sole purpose;

                     (c)  the memorial has a major role in community commemorations;

                     (d)  Commonwealth flag protocols are observed in relation to the memorial;

                     (e)  the memorial is owned or managed by a State or Northern Territory authority that has responsibility (including financial responsibility) for the ongoing maintenance of the memorial, and for any refurbishments;

                      (f)  the memorial complies with applicable planning, construction and related requirements;

                     (g)  the memorial is located on public land within a State or the Northern Territory;

                     (h)  the memorial is publicly accessible and there is no entry fee;

                      (i)  the memorial is a completed and functioning memorial;

                      (j)  the memorial is not associated with a commercial function that conflicts with its commemorative purpose.

             (4)  The following are not legislative instruments:

                     (a)  a notice published in the Gazette under subsection (1);

                     (b)  an agreement by the Prime Minister under paragraph (1)(c).

5   Approval of alterations

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing, approve an alteration to a memorial in relation to which a declaration under section 4 has been made if:

                     (a)  an application for approval of the alteration has been made in accordance with section 7; and

                     (b)  the Minister is satisfied that the memorial will still meet the criteria specified in subsection 4(3) if the alteration is made.

             (2)  An approval under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

6   Revocation of declarations

             (1)  The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette , revoke a declaration made under section 4 in relation to a memorial if:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  the Minister is no longer satisfied that the memorial meets the criteria specified in subsection 4(3); or

                             (ii)  the memorial has been altered since the declaration was made, and the Minister has not approved the alteration under section 5; and

                     (b)  the Prime Minister has, in writing, agreed to the revocation of the declaration.

             (2)  The following are not legislative instruments:

                     (a)  a notice published in the Gazette under subsection (1);

                     (b)  an agreement by the Prime Minister under paragraph (1)(b).

7   Making applications

             (1)  Subject to this section, an application may be made for:

                     (a)  a memorial to be declared to be a Military Memorial of National Significance; or

                     (b)  approval of an alteration to a memorial that has been declared to be a Military Memorial of National Significance.

             (2)  The application can only be made by, or on behalf of, a State or Northern Territory authority that owns or manages the memorial.

             (3)  The applicable requirements of the regulations must be complied with in relation to the application.

8   Consultation

                   For the purpose of making decisions under this Act, the Minister may consult any persons or bodies that the Minister thinks it appropriate to consult.