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Queensland - Legislation

Aborigines Act 1971 (1972 - 1984)

Principal Act

The Aborigines Act 1971 provided for the conduct of reserves for Aborigines and for the admission of people who wished to reside in such areas. It abolished the status of 'assisted Aborigine'. A person was not admitted to a reserve unless entitled under this Act to reside there. Permission to reside there was granted by either the Director or the Aboriginal Council. The full title of this act is "An Act to provide for the conduct of reserves for Aborigines and for the admission thereto of persons who wish to reside there; for the grant of assistance of Aborigines who seek it; for the repeal of certain provisions of law; and for related purposes" (Act no.59/1971). This act was repealed in 1984 by the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 (Act no.51/1984), Which as of 2014 is known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Queensland Legislation, 2009,; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Rosemary Francis