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Legislation Aboriginal Affairs Act 1962
State of South Australia
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The Aboriginal Affairs Act 1962 replaced the Aborigines Protection Board with the Aboriginal Affairs Board.
Key Provisions: Aborigines Protection Board replaced by Aboriginal Affairs Board. The new Board ceased to be the legal guardian of Aboriginal children. The duties of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs include the management and regulation of reserves; general supervision and care over all matters affecting the welfare of Aborigines and persons of Aboriginal blood; 'in his absolute discretion to provide, in cases of need, when possible, for the maintenance and education of the children of Aborigines and persons of Aboriginal blood'; and 'to promote the social, economic and political development of Aborigines and persons of Aboriginal blood until their integration into the general community. The Board is to establish and maintain a Register of Aborigines and has the power to remove names of those persons 'who, in its opinion, are capable of accepting the full responsibilities of citizenship'. An applicant whose name the Board refuses to remove may appeal to a special magistrate. Amended by Aboriginal Affairs Act Amendment Act 1966/7 - provided for the establishment of Aboriginal Reserve Councils. Aboriginal Affairs Act Amendment Act 1968 - abolished the Register of Aborigines. Repealed by Community Welfare Act 1972.
- Aboriginal Affairs Act 1962 (SA), 1962. Details
- To Remove and Protect, South Australian Legislation, AIATSIS, 2009, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/sa/legislation.html. Details
- Aboriginal Affairs Act 1962
Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect, South Australian Legislation, AIATSIS, 2009, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/sa/legislation.html.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 21 February 2011, Last modified: 29 May 2012