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Flags (Protection of Australian Flags) Amendment Bill 2008

 

2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

Flags (Protection of Australian Flags) Amendment Bill 2008

 

No.      , 2008

 

(Senator Barnett)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953 to prevent the desecration or wilful destruction of Australian flags, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Object of Act....................................................................................... 2

4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Flags Act 1953                                                  3

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953 to prevent the desecration or wilful destruction of Australian Flags, and for related purposes

Preamble

                   Whereas the Australian National Flag is the national symbol of the identity of the Commonwealth of Australia and its people, and

                   Desiring to protect the Australian National Flag and other proclaimed Flags from desecration or wilful destruction:

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Flags (Protection of Australian Flags) Amendment Act 2008 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Object of Act

                   The object of this Act is to amend the Flags Act 1953 to protect the Australian National Flag and any other flag proclaimed by the Governor-General in accordance with section 5 of the Flags Act 1953 from desecration or wilful destruction.

4   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.