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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4565


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

On what matters and what dates

(a)   has each State Parliament enacted, and

(b)   has each State Government proclaimed or will it proclaim legislation giving adult rights lo persons under 21 years of age.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The AttoroneyGeneral has provided the following answer the honourable member's question:

New South Wales

On 1 3th November 1970, the Minors (Property and Contracts) Bill was assented to and on 4th June 1971 the Act was proclaimed to commence on 1st July 1971.

The Act provides that persons who have attained the age of 18 years have full legal capacity and adult rights in relation to, among other things, matters of contract and property.

A full list of matters in which persons over 18 are relieved of the disability of infancy is set out in s. 6(1) of the Act.

South Australia

On 8th April 1971, the 'Age of Majority (Reduction) Kill' was assented in and on 15th April 1971, the Act was. proclaimed to commence on that day.

This Act provides that persons who have attained the age of 18 years shall be of full age and capacity except for certain specified matters including conditions, rights and obligations of employment.

The Constitution Act Amendment Act (No. 2) 1970-1971, which is expressed to come into force on a date to be fixed, or at the latest on "HUh June 1972, reduces the voting age under State law lo 18 years.

Western Australia

The Mousing Advances (Contracts with Infants) Act 1968 enables minors in the age group 18-21 years to enter into valid and enforceable mortgages to secure repayment of housing loans made to them.

The Electoral Act Amendment Act (No. 2) 1970 which came into force on Sth December 1970 reduced the voting age under State law to 18 years.

Victoria

The Properly Law (Loans to Minors) Act 1961, us amended, enables minors in the age group 18-21 years to enter into valid and enforceable mortgages to secure repayment of housing loans made to them.

Queensland

The Real Property Acts Amendment .Act 1963 enables minors in the age group 18-21 years to enter into valid and enforceable, mortgage"; to secure repayment of housing loans made to them.

Future Legislation

A Bill to reduce the age of majority from 21 years to 18 years of age was introduced in the Tasmanian House of Assembly on 25th November 1971. by the State Attorney-General.

Clause 3 of the Bill provides thai upon the legislation coining into operation persons who have attained or who attain the age of 18 years shall bc deemed to attain full age and full capacity for the purposes of the laws of the State, except for certain specified matters including conditions, rights and obligations of employment.







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