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- Aborigines Protection Act 1886 (WA)
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As a Crown Colony of Britain, Western Australia's laws were made by the British Parliament. The Australian Human Rights Commission describes the birth of this law:
Reacting to the atrocities committed against Indigenous people in WA, the British Government passed the Aborigines Protection Act 1886. This was the first in a series of laws and regulations allowing the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families.
- 'The History - Western Australia', in Bringing Them Home: Human Rights Education Resources for Teachers, Australian Human Rights Commission, 2010, http://www.hreoc.gov.au/education/bringing_them_home/8_historyWA.html. Details
- Aborigines Protection Act 1886 (WA), 1886. Also available at http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/wa/legislation.html. Details