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A Bill for an Act to amend the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985, and for related purposes
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Registered 20 Aug 2009
Introduced HR 19 Aug 2009

2008‑2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign States Immunities Amendment Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Attorney‑General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Foreign States Immunities Act 1985                                               3

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Foreign States Immunities Amendment Act 2009.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

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                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Foreign States Immunities Act 1985

  

1  Subsections 42(1) and (2)

Omit “Governor‑General” (first occurring), substitute “Minister”.

Note:       The heading to section 42 is altered by adding at the end “—general”.

2  After section 42

Insert:

42A  Extension of immunities—emergency prevention and management

             (1)  This section applies if the Minister is satisfied that a foreign State (or a separate entity of a foreign State) is providing, or is to provide, assistance or facilities:

                     (a)  to the Australian Government, or the government of a State or Territory; and

                     (b)  for the purposes of preparing for, preventing or managing emergencies or disasters (whether natural or otherwise) in Australia.

             (2)  The Governor‑General may make regulations excluding or modifying the application of section 13 (personal injury and damage to property) with respect to the foreign State (or the separate entity of the foreign State) in relation to acts or omissions done or omitted to be done by the foreign State (or the entity) in the course of the provision of the assistance or facilities.

Note:          Section 22 applies section 13 to a separate entity of a foreign State.