27 Sep 2012

Submissions close on bill exempting legal claims on overseas art

7:12 pm on 27 September 2012

Submissions have now closed on proposed legislation that exempts people from laying a claim on cultural objects here on loan from overseas.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has released a discussion paper on the matter.

Feedback was sought due to some museums worrying they'll miss out on showing collections or pieces on tour in other countries because there's no legislation here.

Countries including the United Kingdom and Australia have enacted similar legislation.

The ministry's manager of heritage policy Ralph Johnson says the bill would provide a measure of assurance for international lenders.