In history June 2018

Milestones from this month in the history of the Australian Parliament.

Jun 29, 2018

On 12 June 1902, the Governor-General signed the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902. This gave many women, who were Australian citizens and over the age of 21, the right to vote in federal elections and to stand for election for the federal Parliament. It would be another 41 years before the first women took their seats in the Australian Parliament.

On 10 June 1908, the Australian Parliament agreed to a new law that guaranteed income support to the elderly. The Invalid and Old Age Pension Act 1908 set the model for Australian social security for the next 100 years.

The United Nations was founded on 26 June 1945. Australian member of parliament and judge, HV ‘Doc’ Evatt, served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1948 — 1949 and helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On 3 June 1992, the High Court decided the result of the case Mabo v Queensland. The Court’s decision recognised the existence of native title and overturned the principle of terra nullius—the belief that land in Australia was not owned by Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.