Australia, like many countries, has its fair share of unusual Australian laws, policies and rules. Here are five unusual ones.
- Believe it or not, you are actually breaking the law by leaving your keys inside an unattended vehicle. This law might sound counterintuitive, but the logic is that by discouraging people to exhibit lax care for their property, it will be harder for opportunistic thieves to steal the car, which wastes precious police resources.
- You may have heard the phrase “no questions asked”. If you’re advertising a reward for finding lost or stolen items, you may have included this phrase because you don’t want honest people being accused of stealing an item without evidence.
- In Australia, being drunk within a pub is against the law. Not only can you get fined for this, but the establishment itself will also face even heavier fines if they are caught failing to safely remove an intoxicated patron from the premises. In the end, though, this is done as a duty of care – it is to make sure you don’t hurt yourself (and/or others) and make it home safely.
- You are not allowed to dress up as Batman or Robin. With the “clown purge” that has been enacted throughout Australia, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Joker has since been added to that list.
- Touching electrified wires that cause immediate death attracts a $200 fine. Maybe it’s to pay for the coroner who will be met with your grizzly demise. On the bright side, you won’t have to pay the fine.
From personal injury law to criminal law to the just plain unusual, make sure you seek legal advice from a lawyer if certain Australian laws or a particular legal issue is affecting you, your family or your business.
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