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A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953, and for related purposes
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Registered 29 Feb 2016
Introduced HR 29 Feb 2016
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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Flags Amendment (Protecting Australian Flags) Bill 2016

 

No.      , 2016

 

(Mr Christensen)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Flags Act 1953                                                                                                             3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Flags Amendment (Protecting Australian Flags) Act 2016.

2  Commencement

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

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.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 1Amendments

  

Flags Act 1953

1  After section 7

Insert:

7A  Protecting Australian flags

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person does one of the following acts:

                              (i)  burning, or otherwise damaging or destroying, an Australian flag;

                             (ii)  defacing, defiling, mutilating, trampling upon, or otherwise desecrating or dishonouring, an Australian flag; and

                     (b)  the person does so reckless as to whether the act will:

                              (i)  cause death, injury or violence to another person in a public place; or

                             (ii)  cause damage or destruction to property (other than the Australian flag mentioned in paragraph (a)) in a public place; or

                            (iii)  create public disorder or a public disturbance; or

                            (iv)  offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 1 month or 30 penalty units.

             (2)  A reference in subsection (1) to an Australian flag does not include a reference to an Australian flag that has been applied to something that is not a flag, including by being woven in, impressed on, worked into or annexed or affixed to that other thing.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the extent (if any) that it would infringe any constitutional doctrine of implied freedom of political communication.

             (4)  In this section:

Australian flag means:

                     (a)  the Australian National Flag; or

                     (b)  the Australian Red Ensign; or

                     (c)  any other flag or ensign appointed under section 5.

public place includes any place to which the public have access as of right or by invitation, whether express or implied and whether or not a charge is made for admission to the place.