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Besides all the usual laws banning hard drugs, murder, theft etc, Australia also has some pretty unique laws found nowhere else in the world.
Below is a selection of them;

Aboriginal payback

The Australian court system recognizes in certain cases the ancient Aboriginal tribal laws where offenders are punished for their actions by members of the victim's family.
For instance in the case of a murder in 2002 in Central Australia, Alice Springs magistrate Michael Ward ordered the murderer be taken to Nyrripi, about 450km west of Alice Springs, where he would suffer traditional Aboriginal justice, or payback, at the hands of the victim's relatives who speared Webb no less than 13 times and also broke his ankle during a ceremony that was witnessed by police and health workers!
In 2011 some muslims suggested to also introduce some mild form of Sharia law in Australia but politicians were quick to knock this one on the head....

Anti-hooning laws

Hoon is the Aussie word to describe someone with anti social driving behaviour, typically under 25 years old driving too fast, making too much noise and doing dangerous and unlawful stunts. To combat this problem anti-hooning laws have been introduced giving police extra powers to confiscate cars of hoons, as this is what hurts them most, more than a simple fine to pay.

Beer can crushing

In Western Australia it is illegal to crush beercans between your breasts in the pub!
A 31 year old barmaid who worked at the Premier Hotel in Pinjarra, south of Perth, ended up in court and was fined $1000.- for crushing beercans between her breasts!

Bicycle helmets

In Australia it is illegal to ride a bicycle without a helmet! In the late 1980s a Canberra politician was doing a few calculations and worked out that a certain percentage of people in hospitals were there for bicycle accidents so if they were made to wear helmets there would be a few percent less injuries so the country could save a few dollars.
It quickly became law throughout Australia but the Northern Territory resisted for some time to implement this ridiculous law. However the Canberra lawmakers were that hell bent on Territorians to wear the plastic helmets in their stinking hot weather that they threatened to withhold millions in road funding so eventually the N.T. gave in.
Many Territorians protested and argued that it should be up to individuals to protect themselves, if the government wanted to save money on medical care they should also have sunscreen police on the beaches, posture police to check your chairs etc.
It would be like requiring every office in the territory to provide ergonomic Ergohuman furniture.
In late 2011 the site helmetfreedom.org was launched, and in a TV show the organizer made his case for the helmet laws to be repealed, as statistics show that it does not significantly make cycling safer, and that it stops a lot of people form cycling because they do not want to wear the helmets, and that it causes cycle share schemes in Brisbane and Sydney to fail, which has a negative impact on environment with more people using motorized transport, and a negative impact on pulic health, as less people get their exercise through cycling. Read more about the stupidity of bicycle helmets here.

Bullet proof vests

In Australia it is illegal to own a bullet proof vest unless you have special police approval.
The need for restrictions on guns are obvious but bulletproof vests could not harm anybody else and can only protect people, seems strange to outlaw them...

Cats and dogs eating ban

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In october 2003 the Victorian parliament introduced legislation banning the eating of cats and dogs.
Authorities apparently receive regular complaints of people eating cats and dogs but a recent report that somone had bought a puppy for the purpose of eating it led to this new law which also prohibits people from slaughtering any other animal not included in the Meat Industry Act as "consumable".

Cheese license

Queensland Fancy Cheese Products - a succesful 37 year old family business that has become an institution in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm was instructed to close down by the court in january 2004. Not because there were any health or safety concerns, and the judge even admitted that they were manufacturing a high-quality product, but simply because they were not accredited cheese makers! Never mind they had built a reputation over 37 years with high quality cheese!

Compulsory voting

In Australia it is compulsory to vote, even if you can not find any political candidate that you could possibly have any confidence in you still have to go to the polling station and cast your vote. As by this stage your name has been recorded as having shown up it now does not matter anymore what you actually write on the ballot paper as it can not be traced back to you so identities like Donald Duck tend to get quite a few votes even though they are not actually running in the elections.
After the february 7 elections in Queensland electoral commissioner Bob Longland said that many letters had been sent out informing people they had to pay a fine unless they had a good excuse. The ECQ collects more than $1 million from non-voters at each election. Many excuses were made and you could have walked across Moreton Bay for all the broken-down fishing boats but the best one of all was a woman whose excuse was that she was having group sex with 30 men in hippie-haven Nimbin, NSW, and could not get to a polling booth in Queensland on time to vote.

nimbin

Crocodile kill

killed crocodile
This croc was shot when it threatened fishermen

The punishment for illegally killing one of the Top End's 70,000 crocodiles is a fine of up to $55,000 for an individual and $275,000 for a company - or up to five years' jail.

Daintree building moratorium

Most people think that in a democratic country like Australia in the 21st century citizen's rights are protected and your local government is there to ensure prosperity for its constituents.
Not so in the Daintree area, after the 2004 Douglas Shire Council elections all hell broke loose when Mike Berwick set off the timebomb he had been secretly preparing that imposed an immediate ban on all new building and development approvals, until his radical townplan would come in to force that stopped people from building on their freehold land in many areas, and placed severe restrictions on others.
This made the Daintree area north of the river the Bermuda Triangle of property investment, property prices have plummeted and sales have stagnated, many people that had bought land to build their dreamhome suddenly found themselves with a worthless piece of land that could not be built on.
An information day was organized at the local school to tell devastated residents exactly how screwed they were, and no less than three police officers were at Mike Berwick's side to protect him from natural justice.
People that had owned land for years or decades were suddenly told that they could either sell their land to council for peanuts, or invest in lawyers to attempt compensation through the courts.
Numerous divorces and even some suicides have been blamed on this townplan that ruined many people's lives.

Daintree grid power ban

stupid queensland government lawPollution of exhaust fumes, oil and old lead-acid batteries in the rainforest.

Out of all the stupid laws in Australia this one would have to be the in the top three.
The Queensland government has laws that ban electricity grids being established north of the Daintree river!
In a time where governments around the world move to more sustainable and greener practices the Queensland government prefers it if the Daintree population runs a polluting generator for each house and each business!
When solar power subsidies were still available many households had solar panels and batteries installed, but in a rainforest with an average 265 days a year of clouds and a rainfall of up to eight metres a year solar power is like hydro power in the desert, it'll work for about one week a year and what do you do the rest of the time?
Most residents want some type of grid power and frequently contact politicans but they either get no answer or a short note that "options are being investigated". Meanwhile three million litres of diesel is trucked up every year to be burned up by hundreds of polluting generators. Read more about this nonsense of pollution in the Daintree.
Warren Entsch is one of the few politicians with some commonsense on this issue, he has stated that his party have a policy in place to recind the ban on grid power within 100 days of being elected and install an environmentally friendly grid power system, thereby restoring and fulfilling human and civil political rights to residents affected by current state government policy banning grid power north of the Daintree River.
It would be a great outcome for both environment and the Daintree residents if his party wins the next elections!

Drughouse law

In the Northern Territory your home can be declared a "drughouse" by police when they suspect that "more probable than not there are drugs being used or sold in your house".
They will come and superglue a lovely 1.2 metre high fluorescent bright green sign on your front door.
Any attempt to remove it or tamper with it is an offence punishable by imprisonment.

Having this sign stuck on your door means that;

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Darwin's first poster on the front door of the home of 'Gunja Granny' Margot Laughton

Your house may be searched by a member of the police force at any time without a warrant, anyone on the premises may be searched, every person who is found on the premises at the time a dangerous drug is found on the premises can be charged with possession of the drug, and anyone who is on the premises or within 200 metres of the premises can be required to provide a member of the police force with their name and address. Those arrested for possession may even be ordered by the court to undergo mandatory drug addiction recovery treatment.

The first drughouse to be adorned with this poster in Darwin was that of grandmother Margot Laughton who was arrested on Thursday, 26 February 2004 by plain clothes Drug Squad police officers at her home in Coconut Grove in Darwin. They charged her with 3 offences and she was locked up in Berrimah Prison. A Northern Territory News journalist that had befriended her before the shit hit the fan labelled her 'The Gunja Granny' in the local newspaper.
Read more on this story...

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'Gunja Granny'
Margot Laughton

Euthanasia

In Australia you can end up in court for keeping an animal that is suffering pain and is beyond medical recovery but you can also go to jail for helping to end the life of a human being that is suffering the same pain. The Northern Territory introduced their famous euthanasia legislation in the 1990s to allow terminally ill people to end their suffering but the Federal Government in Canberra used their powers to overturn any decision made by the Northern Territory (as it is not a state and only has limited self-government ) and the laws were swiftly repealed.
One person involved in this situation was Philip Nietschke, an Australian doctor who became famous for his views that people who are beyond saving by medical science and who are suffering pain should be allowed to die, he pushed his views thorugh to the point where he assisted some people to end their lives and even invented a machine that produced carbon- monoxide that people could use to end ther lives but customs officers confiscated this machine when he was on his way to a conference in the U.S. He also wrote a book titled ' The Peaceful Pill Handbook ' but had his first print run confiscated at customs arriving back from the U.S. , later the Office of Film and Literature Classification cleared the book and he was allowed to print and distribute the book in Australia.

Fuel truck must travel alone

Ferry across the Daintree river
Ferry across the Daintree river

On the Daintree river ferry in north Queensland the local council regulations say that trucks carrying fuel have to travel on the ferry alone, with no other vehicles or passengers, even if it is peak time and queues are built up on both sides of the river.
This while the fuel truck sits in the normal queue before it reaches the ferry with people walking around the truck smoking cigarettes, but then on the ferry where smoking is not allowed the fuel truck has to travel alone!
What sounds safer to you? Walking around a fuel truck on the road with a cigarette in your hand, or sitting next to a fuel truck on the ferry in your car while you are not smoking?

Goldfish laws

In Queensland you will be hit with a $150,000.- fine if you are caught releasing a goldfish, or even a tiny guppy, in a waterway. Releasing a carp or even possessing a carp, even a dead carp,or part of a carp, will cost you the same.

Mandatory detention

Since 1976 people have been arriving in Australia on (often very unsafe) boats seeking asylum, and although Australia is usually a generous nation willing to lend a hand to those in trouble, the government did become concerned that this would open the floodgates and massive waves of people could flood the country, so they started to discourage people by making it mandatory that anyone arriving by boat without a visa must be kept in detention until his or her refugee application has been processed. In line with the National Anthem that sings "for those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share" these detention centres are usually in remote places like Woomera in South Australia or Port Hedland in Western Australia. When protesters started to find their way even to those remote locations the "Pacific Solution" was introduced, where governments of Pacific islands were paid to have detention centres on their islands. A tally is also kept of the cost of detention and processing of these refugees and a bill presented to them on deportation, although it remains to be seen how many would actually pay this, one family that exhausted every legal avenue for three years managed to clock up a bill of no less than three million dollars!

Melbourne hook turn

melbourne hook turn

If you're turning right at an intersection you would normally go to the centre of the road and, when there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction, make your turn. Not in Melbourne! At a small number of very busy intersections in the centre of Melbourne's CBD, where two tram lines cross each other, you have to pull over to your left, wait until the traffic light from the street you want to turn into changes to green, and then complete your turn!. If cars were waiting to turn right from the middle of the road, they would be blocking the tram lines, thus holding up a large amount of trams. To ensure the flow of traffic stays at a reasonable level, the hook turn was invented.

Nappies for horses

Horses could soon be wearing nappies on city streets to stop them dropping waste, if voted in by Melbourne City Council on Thursday 4 december 2003, the new rules will also ban horse-drawn carriage rides in the CBD when the temperature exceeds 34C.

No alcohol zones

To combat alcohol problems in Aboriginal communities some areas of Australia, in liaison with Aboriginal elders and Land Councils, have been declared "dry areas". This means no alcohol what so ever is allowed to be consumed or brought in, even if you are an overseas tourist. Stiff penalties apply to those who break the laws. Sly groggers, a name for unscrupulous people who try to make their fortune selling alcohol in dry areas at extortionate prices, often get fined, jailed and their vehicles confiscated. Still, some residents of dry areas have been known to drive 800kms to the nearest bottle shop or charter planes to pick up their grog.
You could also find that the only bottleshop in town ( and the next town 500 kms down the road) is closed because it is social security pay day, and authorities try to get the local population to spend some money on food for the kids before spending it at the pub. Argueing with the bottle shop staff that you are a tourist will not get you anywhere, rules are rules.

Early 2004 the 'Winegate' affair hit the news head lines, a minister for Aboriginal affairs had flown into a strictly dry area on Cape York with a bottle of wine aboard the plane. Indigenous Affairs Minister Liddy Clark made a trip on a government jet to the alcohol-restricted Aboriginal community at Lockhart River in Cape York in February 2004 but while the plane was on the tarmac there, a bottle of red wine was discovered on board by Lockhart River airport manager John Hardaker. Government media adviser to Liddy Clark Teresa Mullan had brought it along and was sacked but later reinstated by Premier Peter Beattie. After lengthy investigations by The Crime and Misconduct Commission and countless taxpayers dollars wasted nobody was charged as the tarmac of the airport was considered not a public place under liquor legislation. Tourists have also been fined thousands of dollars for having alcohol with them on their holidays, if you head this way check on alcoholimits.qld.gov.au or ring 1300 789 000 for up to date info on restricted areas.
And don't think it is all a joke, penaly for a first offence is a maximum of $37500.- , second offence $52500.- or six months in prison, and third offence $75000.- or 18 months in the slammer, on top of that they may also confiscate your vehicle.

No bathing

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Bondi Beach in Sydney
It used to be illegal to swim here during daylight hours!

At the start of the twentieth century a group of enthusiastic body surfers in Sydney managed to convince the government to overturn a law that made it illegal to bathe in the ocean during daylight as it was considered too indecent!

No drinking

no drinking

Make sure you're not thirsty when you go to Parliament House in Canberra, it is not allowed to drink from the pond !

No ferrets

If you have a ferret as a pet in Queensland make sure you have a permit as under the new Land Protection Act you will cop a whopping $60,000.- fine if caught by the authorities.

No food to be brought in to Australia

When your plane lands make sure you have no food in your bags, do not even take anything left over from the plane food with you. Any food, seeds, plants, wood, soil on your shoes, sneakers, etc. could potentially carry a disease or insect that could become a plague in Australia so either dump it or declare it as the fines can be high and harsh if they find anything on you.
Some people that bring traditional foods with them when they visit family in Australia get very upset when it is taken off them but rules are rules and they are strictly enforced.
Dylan Graves, a Swiss student studying English in Western Australia, was fined $4,000 in a Perth court after having been caught hiding a 400 gram salami at Perth International Airport in November in November 2004.

No freshly cooked food at the markets

The Sunday markets in the north Queensland resort town of Port Douglas are a very popular venue, and one of the attractions was the food. Until one day the local Douglas Shire Council decided, in its infinite wisdom, to prohibit the cooking of food at the markets, and only pre-cooked food was allowed to be sold.
Now what are you more likely to get sick from, freshly cooked food or food that was cooked yesterday?

No gangsters at horse races or in casinos

In Victoria police can issue people they suspect of having links to organized crime with an exclusion order which prohibits them from entering casinos, horse racing tracks and betting rings. Breaching of this order will cost you $2000. In NSW the penalty is a bit tougher at $5000.- or twelve months jail.

No joking

In June 2005 it was in the national news that Aussie airports were now declared "no-joking zones", several people had been fined heavily for joking about bombs or other terrorism related things, and the public was warned not to make any more jokes in airports and on planes.

This came too late for Cairns student Patrick Carroll, who was in Darwin airport when he got a bit thirsty, so he left his luggage on a trolley to go and buy a beer. When he returned from the bar a security man was inspecting his luggage and Patrick called out to him; "Don't worry, I left the bomb in Iraq, mate!" He ended up in court, managed to be released on bail and had to come back in December 2005 to hear the end of it.

Another Cairns man (what is it with these jokers from Cairns?) had landed at Cairns airport but became frustrated with the time the disembarking took so he thought people would move a bit faster if he told them that there was a bomb on the plane.
It is not clear if it made the passengers move quicker but it certainly made the police move, they arrested him and although his lawyer tried to convince the judge that it was all meant as a joke, the judge did not see the funny side of it and fined him $4000

No lying

In 2012 the Queensland LNP Government re-instated the law that makes it illegal for a politician to lie, the law had been abolished by the Labor Government in 2006.

No marriage for brothers and sisters

Under the Federal Marriage Act 1961, it is illegal for brothers and sisters to marry but West Australian couple Kevin and Deborah Jefferies who are brother and sister by adoption, but unrelated by blood, are battling the federal law that prevents their marrying.

No marriage for public servants

Up until 1966 the Commonwealth Public Service had a ban on married women. Women that performed their jobs perfectly well were forced to leave their jobs if they married!

No mates in Canberra

australian politicians in canberra

On 20 August 2005 it was decided by the Australian government that the security guards in Parliament House in Canberra were to be banned from addressing politicians and members of the public with the term "mate'.
This ban lasted only 24 hours, after which it was decided it was ridiculous and unworkable and the ban was lifted.
John Howard said he had no problems with use of the word mate in Parliament and Kim Beazley said he insisted on being called mate.
Not much later it was decided in the Northern Territory Parliament that politicians were not allowed to call eachother 'buggerlugs', but the term 'dickhead' was still allowed.

No more beer wenches

no beer wenches in sydney new south wales

November 2003: the NSW Gaming and Racing Commission Minister has raised concerns about women buying drinks at the bar for patrons at sporting events and the State Government is considering to outlaw this. Does the government not have something more important to do with their time?
January 2004: four beer wenches have been ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground for selling alcohol during the fourth Test between Australia and India.

No musical instruments on the bus

In the Northern Territory the Transport Act says that it is illegal to play a musical instrument on a bus!

No nudity in Queensland

Under the Vagrants, Gaming and Other Offences Act of 1931, public nudity is an offence in Queensland and a person charged with wilful exposure faces a penalty of $100 or six months imprisonment. But while governments around the world are relaxing laws in this area and other states in Australia have had clothing-optional beaches for up to 30 years, the Queensland government has plans to pass the Summary Offences Bill, which will increase penalties for wilful exposure to $150, or if the offence involved circumstances of aggravation, a maximum penalty of $3000 or one year's imprisonment! Nudist activists say that Queensland is missing out on millions of nude international tourism dollars every year.
South Australia already opened Australia's first official nude beach in 1975 and Don Dunstan, South Australia's premier at the time, said that "unless people were hurting others in the community, they should be able to be individuals and do their own thing". Since then nude sunbathing has become legal in all of Australia except for Queensland.

No porn movies

Uncut DVDs

Laws in all Australian states prevent the legal sale of X-rated films, but it is allowed in Canberra and the Northern Territory. That's why Brisbane porn star Jodie Moore sells her movies online.

No porn sites

When the internet was just becoming popular and the first pornsites starting to happen the Australian government, despite having relaxed laws allowing the porn industry to thrive in Canberra, decided they were going to keep this evil out of Australia and prohibited pornsites from operating in Australia.
This was a futile attempt as now the pornsites that were already operating moved to the U.S. so Australia missed out on the income of these thriving businesses and Australians can still view these sites just as good as the internet is international and it does not matter where they are based.
Around 2002 they finally relaxed the rules on .com.au domain name registration causing a frantic rush to register names that had been taken up ages ago as a .com .
Within minutes of the new rules taking effect names like f%*#.com.au , sex.com.au etc. were registered, soon to be followed by sex.com.au , tits.com.au and the whole range that Australia could have had contributing to its economy for years before that.

No purple houses in Wagga Wagga

no purple houses in wagga wagga new south wales

In 2003 a couple in Wagga Wagga, N.S.W. decided to paint their house at 56 Best Street purple. The local council pointed out to them that it is illegal to paint your house purple in Wagga Wagga and has set aside $25000.- to take legal action through the Land and Environment Court. Does the Wagga Wagga council not know that in Normanton there is a purple pub that is one of the main tourist attractions of the town?
Luckily in 2004 the council and mayor were replaced by some new ones who so far have not dared to involve themselves in this situation. Local musos have made support songs that were played on local radio, and hundreds of people have signed petitions and letters of support so it looks like this purple house will be there for a few years to come.

wagga wagga's purple house, click to enlarge
The purple house

wagga wagga's purple house, click to enlarge
Karen, the proud owner and artist

No recycling

Believe it or not, but when residents put out their rubbish on the footpath because they want to get rid of it, it is illegal in many towns to take anything of it for your own use!
In a time where recycling is promoted everywhere as a good way to help the planet's problems you can not pick up something that is useful to you from the footpath, even though this is destined to go in to landfill.
Many Aussies don't even know about this but when news hit the headlines that former motorbike champion Trevor Flood was charged with taking a vacuum cleaner from a footpath rubbish pile people learned about this and many queried the logic of such a law...

No singing in Willoughby park

no sining law

Heading down to the park in the Sydney suburb of Willoughby?
Be careful, the tunes on your walkman might cause you to sing along, and singing is not allowed in Willoughby park, and rangers are on patrol to safeguard strict observance of the laws and will nip in the bud any attempts at criminal activity. And, as you can see on the right, singing is far from the only thing that is illegal in this park.

90 year old Alan Waddell, who has walked more than 2000 kms through every street of 143 Sydney suburbs, found these beauties, we borrowed these pictures from his website Walksydneystreets.net

no singing

No swearing

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced new powers for the state's police to issue on-the-spot fines of between $100 and $300 for swearing and abusive language.
In the year before there had been court cases in which a Sydney student was let off for using the word 'prick' to a police officer and a Queenslander who went to court for telling police to F*#! off was also let off and the police union told to pay his legal costs.
Victoria followed suit and from 1 July 2011 police can fine people $240.- for using language deemed to be indecent, disorderly, offensive or threatening.
Poor Melburnians, can't even complain about their F%#!ing weather anymore!

No vacuum cleaners

Since December 14 it has been against the law in the outer Melbourne suburb of Brimbank to vacuum clean your house between 10pm and 7am on weekdays and 10pm and 9am on weekends, noisy cleaners will cop a $205 on-the-spot fine, which can rise to a $1000 court fine if it is not paid, and subsequent violations attract fines of up to $2000!

No water skiing at night

no water skiing at night at lake tinaroo

If you like nocturnal water skiing forget about a holiday to the Atherton Tablelands, (west of Cairns in north Queensland), here it is against the law to waterski during the night!

Nothing to be removed from National Parks

If you visit one of Australia's many National Parks, bear in mind you are not allowed to remove anything. this does not only mean you are not allowed to dig up trees but you can not even pick up a seed, pebble or stick to take home as a souvenir.

Pacific Island Labourer Act

This act was passed by government in 1901 to put an end to Australia's version of the slave trade that is so well known of America in its early days.When white settlers first started turning the landscape into sugar cane plantations they found it hard going in the tropical heat and honestly believed that white people could not work in such circumstances. While the Dutch were succesful getting Indonesians to work hard on spice plantations Australian settlers were not so succesful getting Aborigines to do the same (though they proved their skills as horsemen and workers on cattle stations). A solution was found in sailing out to Pacific islands and kidnapping people to bring back to the cane fields, starting around 1860 at least 800 ships had "kidnapped" at least 60,000 islanders and sold to Queensland sugar growers. Though officially they were not slaves the pay was that ridiculous that they could not afford to return home and thus had little choice other than to stay and work to survive. The government passed the Pacific Island Labourerer Act in 1901 to abolish this practice and by 1906 ordered their repatriation, though not all of them returned and even nowadays you can see dark skinned people in sugar cane areas that are not Aborigines but descendants of Pacific Islanders that decided to stay.

Pig Penalty

In Queensland you can be fined $30 000.- for keeping a feral pig as a pet.

Six O'Clock Swill

Up to February 1, 1955, the law stated that bars in Australia had to be closed at six pm! Much to the delight of drinkers this law was narrowly overturned in the Referendum of 1954 so pubs could now keep their doors open till 10.00 p.m.. Before then amused tourists used to watch Aussies knocking back beer like there was no tomorrow in a guzzling frenzy with drinkers being too scared to move from the bar for fear of losing their place and not being able to get their daily quota down before the bar closed! This frenzy was known as 'the six o'clock swill' .

Skippy-free diet

kangaroo

Up to the early 1990s it was in many Australian states against the law to eat kangaroos, now roo burgers and steaks are found in many places where tourists go.

Sperm donors

It is illegal in Australia to`pay sperm donors and it is also illegal to import frozen sperm and there is a limit here of 10 families who can use sperm from one donor. Also the NSW Government is expected to pass a law allowing people to learn who their biological parents were to end so-called "genetic bewilderment. This led to such a shortage of donors that the Reproductive Medicine Centre in Albury advertised in Canada in the sports section of Alberta's Calgary University student newspaper offering sperm donors a $7000 package of free return trip, accommodation for a fortnight and a daily spending allowance. An avalanche of emails followed from Canada, Russia and other countries.

Superannuation

When you work in Australia you will find you have to pay something called super, or superanuation.
This is the Australian terminology for pension fund. It is not a voluntary saving, you must pay.
Click to find out what is superannuation?

Tasmanian homo sexuality laws

In Tasmania it was, up to 1997, illegal for two men to have sex together, even if they are consenting adults and are in the privacy of their own home where nobody can see them or be aware of it. The offence carried a 21-year jail term. At least Sydney can be assured it will be a long time until a Hobart Gay Mardi Gras will overshadow their annual festival.
The politician that was the driving force in removing this law was Bob Brown, a Tasmanian himself, and gay as well, so at least he won't have to go to jail if he would ever get caught in bed with his partner.
He had already spent time in jail, not for corruption as you would expect from a politician, but for protecting the environment. As the director of the Australian Wilderness Society he was one of the leading forces to block the damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania in 1982 and 1983. 1500 people were arrested and 600 jailed, Bob was one of them and spent 16 days in Risdon Prison, and he was elected to Tasmanian Parliament on the day of his release!

Tasmanian prostitution laws

The Tasmanian government decided early 2004 to legalize brothels, before that Tasmanian law had never actually outlawed prostitution, but it had been illegal for brothel operators or pimps to live off the earnings of prostitution. So if you left it all in a saving as account or donated it to a political party you were within the law.

Traditional hunting

traditional hunting of turtles
Traditional hunting of sea turtles with traditional outboard motor and traditional alumimium boat

Australia has laws that protect its native wildlife, and especially the endangered species.
But there are exceptions for Aborigines, and the law says that Aborigines can hunt and kill such animals as sea turtles and the endangered dugong.
The philosophy behind this is that the eating of these animals has been part of their culture for thousands of years.
Many debates have raged over the traditional hunting issue, some people say let them do what they have done for thousands of years, some say put a stop to it if these animals are endangered, and others in between those say OK but hunt these animals in the traditional way then, NOT with motorboats, guns, spearguns and other modern technology.

White Australia policy

The White Australia Policy, the policy of excluding all non-European people from the Australian continent, was the official policy of all governments in Australia from the 1890s to the 1950s, and the final elements of it were only abolished by the Fraser government's review of immigration law in 1978.
Although the expression “White Australia Policy” was never in official use, it was common in political and public debate throughout the period.
The origin of the policy can be traced back to the 1850s when large numbers of Chinese came to Australia during the gold rushes. The Anglo-Australian population resented the Chinese undercutting "white" labour and by 1888 new Chinese arrivals were banned from all the Australian colonies. a "dictation test" was introduced as a device for excluding unwanted immigrants.
Immigration officials were given the power to exclude any person who failed to pass a 50-word dictation test in any European language.

Women's wages

At the start of the 20th century women were not paid very well but this changed in 1919 when women were awarded 54% of the national basic minimum wage for men, (assuming working women are single and do not need to pay for a wole family like men do).
In 1950 women got an even better deal when their minimum wage went op to 75% of men's wages. And in 1972 it got even more better when female public servants were awarded the same pay as men!

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