Category Archives: Law & Justice

Family Law Act 1975 brings in no fault divorce

Family Law Act 1975 passed by the Federal Parliament brings in no fault divorce. Before 1975 the Matrimonial Causes Act 1959 provided 14 grounds for the grant of divorce, including adultery, desertion, cruelty, habitual drunkenness, imprisonment and insanity. To succeed … Continue reading

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Unpaid Maternity Leave

The Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 provided for (unpaid) Maternity Leave for Commonwealth public servants.

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The Federal Child Care Act 1972

The Federal Child Care Act 1972 provided federal involvement and funding for childcare.

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Roma Mitchell became Australia’s first female Queen’s Counsel

Roma Mitchell became Australia’s first female Queen’s Counsel. Later she became Australia’s first woman Supreme Court Judge (in 1965) and then first Acting Chief Justice.

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Uniform Marriage Laws across Australia

The Commonwealth took responsibility for a uniform Australian marriage law, with the enactment of the Marriage Act 1961 (previously State laws were all different).  The Marriage Act also enabled civil celebrants to conduct marriage ceremonies.

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The Matrimonial Causes Act 1959

The Matrimonial Causes Act 1959 provided 14 grounds for the grant of a decree of dissolution of marriage (‘divorce’), including adultery, desertion, cruelty, habitual drunkenness, imprisonment and insanity. To succeed on one of these grounds, a spouse had to prove … Continue reading

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Women obtain the right to be elected into Queensland Parliament

Women obtain the right to be elected into Queensland Parliament under the 1915 Elections Act Amendment Act

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South Australia and NSW appoint the first female police officers

South Australia and NSW appointed the first female police officers. In South Australia the officers appointed were Kate Cocks (pictured) and Annie Ross. Kate Cocks was forty years of age when offered the position of Principal Police Matron.  She was … Continue reading

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Maternity Allowance Act

The Maternity Allowance Act provided for a grant of £5 on the birth of a child.

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Queensland accords women the right to vote

The Electoral Franchise Bill and Elections Act Amendment Bill introduced into Queensland Parliament allowing non-aboriginal women the right to vote

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