The Superintendents Office at Cherbourg c1970

1971 – The Queensland Aborigines Act 1971 is introduced and ends the Director of Native Affairs’ authority to remove children.

It is no longer an offence for an Aboriginal person to leave a reserve without a permit, however permission from the authorities is still required.


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