'Australia Act 1986 (Cth)'

'Australia Act 1986 (Cth)'

The Australia Act removed the possibility that British laws could be made to apply to Australia. It also abolished appeals from Australian courts to the Privy Council in London.

This was the final of eight Acts passed by the state and federal parliaments, as well as the British Parliament, to assert the independence of Australian law and recognise Australia as a 'sovereign, independent and federal nation'.

Information about the history and significance of this document, including a transcript, can be found on the Documenting a Democracy website, Australia Act 1986 (Cth).

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