Australia's Statutes of Independence

3 March 2011

It is only 25 years since Westminster ceased to be allowed to legislate on our behalf, writes Associate Professor Anne Twomey in The Australian.

You might think this statement absurd. Surely Australia has been independent for a lot longer than that?

Let me provide a lawyer's answer: yes and no.

Yes, Australia as a nation became independent at some unknown date after 1931.

By 1931 it had the power to exercise independence but chose not to do so for some time.

Arguably, having the capacity to exercise independence is enough to be classified as independent, although the parents of 20-something children who show no inclination to leave home may beg to differ.

View the entire article - We only became independent of Britain on this day in 1986 - The Australian

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