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Queensland - Legislation

Backward Persons Act of 1938 (1938 - 1985)

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The Backward Persons Act of 1938 made provision for the education and care, treatment and control of 'mentally deficient' people. The Act stated that mental deficiency was to be treated separately from mental illness and included special provisions related to children. The full title of this act was "An Act to Make Provision for the Education and Care, Treatment, and control of Backward Persons" (2 Geo VI, No. 30). This act was not repealed until 1986, by the Intellectually Handicapped Citizens Act 1986 (Act no.11/1985).

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Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth