11 Weird but True Australian Laws You Will Never Believe
Ride up to your local pub on a horse and do you know the pub owner would have to stable, water and feed your horse while you go in for a pint? That’s the law. But don’t drink too many while you’re in there because it’s illegal to be drunk in a pub.
Some laws make sense at the time they are enacted but as society changes they might not fit with the current times. Below are eleven of some of the weirdest Australian laws that still exist today. Don’t worry though they are so old fashioned that the chance of being arrested for breaking these laws is probably pretty slim.
- When in drought don’t try to make man-made rain clouds
Apparently Victoria doesn’t want people taking the weather into their own hands. Under the Rain Making Control Act of 1967 it’s against the law to make rain clouds. The making of rain clouds is permitted as long as certain regulations are followed such as ensuring those employed in “carrying out rain-making operations” are qualified. Is there a special rain making school for that?
- Make sure you cover up when you go to Brighton Beach
Don’t worry about getting sunburnt on Brighton Beach in Melbourne. Apparently swimmers must wear a swimsuit that goes from neck to knee. If you don’t want to chance being charged with indecent exposure make sure your arms aren’t showing either. The makers of the Burkini could make a fortune here if this law was enforced.
- Gold Coast bikinis must not exceed more than six square inches of material
If you want to show a little more flesh than what is allowed on Brighton Beach, try going to the Gold Coast. Apparently there all bikinis must not exceed six square inches. Watch out for police wielding a tape measure if you don’t want to get charged for this silly law.
- Only qualified electricians can change a light bulb in Victoria.
Electricians could make a nice little side income if everyone followed this law in Victoria. But it seems most people are willing to risk the $10 fine and change their light bulbs themselves.
- Stay away from a house frequented by thieves. It could get you in trouble with police
As the old saying goes you are judged by the company you keep. According to the Vagrancy Act of 1966, the penalty for being near or inside a house used by thieves is one year imprisonment.
- When there is no urinal nearby you are allowed to urinate on the rear left tire of your vehicle
Forget stopping on the side of the road to pee in the bushes. If there isn’t a urinal handy that’s ok because it’s legal to urinate on the rear left tire of your vehicle instead. Just make sure you’re aim is good.
- Don’t try dressing up like Batman and Robin if you want to stay on the right side of the law
Holy masquerade Batman! Unless you’re in Gotham City it’s against the law to dress up like Batman and Robin. Does that go for riding around in a Bat mobile as well?
- Fortune telling is against the law
You’d better think twice the next time you want to go and get your palm read. Evidently fortune telling or the use of any other type of “crafty science” is illegal. Under Sect 13 of the Vagrancy Act 1966, any person who pretends or professes to tell fortunes using palmistry or any other kind of witchcraft to discover the location of lost or stolen goods may be found guilty of an offence.
- Children can use cigarettes, alcohol, and condoms
Although it’s illegal for children in Australia to buy cigarettes, alcohol, or condoms, apparently it’s not against the law for children to use them. Moms and dads beware of keeping your liquor cabinet unlocked, especially if you have teens and condoms around the house. That could be a dangerous combination.
- Don’t wear hot pink pants after 12pm on Sundays
Just in case you wanted to time warp back to the seventies forget it. According to Victorian law you can wear hot pink pants Monday to Saturday. Just don’t wear them on Sundays if you don’t want to get picked up by the fashion police.
- It’s against the law to touch electric wires that cause death
According to this law it’s ok to get a bit singed by electric wires just make sure they don’t electrocute you to death. Otherwise you could get fined $200.
These are just a few of the weird laws still in place in Australia. It’s good to see our law makers are hard at work making sure our laws make sense.