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SA Firsts - Timeline for South Australian firsts

Democracy and human rights in the 20th century

1910

 

The government of J. Verran is the first complete Labor government in the world.
   

1966

 

The Aboriginal Affairs Act repeals many regulations that restricted the civil liberties of Aboriginal people, including their right to mix with non-Aboriginal people.
   

1966

 

Prohibition of Discrimination Act prohibited discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, or country of origin.
   

1966

 

The Aboriginal Lands Trust is set up to hold lands acquired for Aboriginal people.
   

1975

 

The Sex Discrimination Act is passed, making discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, or sexuality unlawful in the provision of goods, services, employment, education, and accommodation.
   

1975

 

An Equal Opportunity Office for the Public Service is created.
Parliament decriminalises homosexual acts between consenting adults in private.
   

1975

 

The Family Relationships Act abolishes the legal consequences of illegitimacy.
   

1976

 

The Racial Discrimination Act makes discrimination on the grounds of race unlawful.
   

1976

 

Rape in marriage is made a criminal offence.
   

1976

 

The Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act gives the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjarra peoples inalienable freehold title over 100,000 km of their land.
   

1991

 

South Australia becomes the first Australian State to make discrimination based on age unlawful.