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Legislation Aboriginals Ordinance (No. 2) 1953
Please note that this page reproduces the original language used in the historical sources drawn upon to compile this entry. This language includes offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable. We apologise for any offence caused by such language.
The Aboriginals Ordinance 1953 further amended the Aboriginals Ordinance 1918. A significant amendment to the language and definitions used was made, whereby the definition of 'aboriginal' no longer included references to 'half-castes'.
The key provisions of the Ordinance involved the powers of the Director (previously 'Chief Protector' until amended to 'Director of Native Affairs' in the Aboriginals Ordinance 1939). The Director was made the legal guardian of all 'aboriginals' and oversaw many matters relevant to the lives of Aboriginal people.
- Aboriginals Ordinance (no.2) 1953 (NT). Details
- 'Northern Territory: Legislation', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/index.html. Details
- Aboriginals Ordinance (No. 2) 1953
- AustLII: Australasian Legal Information Institute; and AIATSIS: To Remove and Protect: NT
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Northern Territory: Legislation', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/index.html; Aboriginals Ordinance (No. 2) 1953 [Document]; Aboriginals Ordinance (no.2) 1953 (NT).
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Created: 9 February 2011, Last modified: 25 June 2012