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Designated country

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified foreign country is a designated country for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  A declaration under subsection (1) has effect accordingly.

             (3)  The Minister must not declare a foreign country under subsection (1) unless:

                     (a)  the government of the country has requested the Minister to make the declaration; and

                     (b)  there is in force in that country legislation that corresponds to:

                              (i)  section 15; or

                             (ii)  section 15 (other than the offence provision in that section); or

                            (iii)  section 15 (other than the civil penalty provision in that section).

             (4)  At least 90 days before making a declaration under subsection (1), the Minister must cause to be published a notice:

                     (a)  in the Gazette ; and

                     (b)  in a newspaper circulating in each State, in the Northern Territory and in the Australian Capital Territory;

setting out the Minister's intention to make the declaration.

             (5)  In deciding whether to declare a foreign country under subsection (1), the Minister must have due regard to:

                     (a)  any complaints; and

                     (b)  any supporting statements;

made by the government of that country.

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