There are rumours in every country of weird laws that still exist, some of which sound too bizarre to be true. Australia is no exception, but which laws are fact and which are fiction? Well, you’re about to find out!
Possession of More Than 50kgs of Potatoes
It’s been claimed that in Western Australia it’s illegal to have 50ks (or more) of potatoes. This may sound like a strange offence but this law is FACT. Breaking this law is punishable by a fine of $2000 for a first time offender or $5000 for a continuous offender, in addition to an amount up to twice the value of the potatoes! This law came about in the 1946 Marketing of Potatoes Act and prohibits anyone from selling, or purchasing 50kgs or more of potatoes unless you’re a member of the Potato Corporation. So, if you’re not a member of the Potato Corporation (and I highly doubt you are) steer clear of over 50kgs of potatoes!
Taxis and Hay Bales
One of the most well known weird Australian laws is that all taxis are supposed to carry a bale of hay at all times. This law, however, is FICTION. This law may have been applicable when transport was a horse and carriage, but there is no evidence to suggest that this law still exists. So don’t call the police if your UBER driver doesn’t have a bale of hay in the boot!
Disrupting Weddings or Funerals
Many of us would avoid disturbing a wedding or a funeral because its, well, rude; but have you heard the claim that it’s actually an offence? This is another FACT, in South Australia at least. For this, you could be fined $10,000 or face imprisonment for two years!
Challenging Someone to a Duel
It may sound like fun to challenge someone to a duel, however, in Tasmania, this is no laughing matter. This is yet another weird Australian law that is FACT. The punishment for this is a hefty $6000 fine!
Hot Pink Pants on a Sunday Afternoon
This one is certainly strange, but there are many that insist it is illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday on a Sunday in Victoria. There is no real explanation for why this is supposedly illegal, but I’m guessing that’s because this one is FICTION. No one really knows where this “law” originated from; perhaps the rumour was started to prevent people from making the questionable fashion choice of wearing pink pants! Remember, just because you can, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should!
Apparently Australia still has some weird laws that you can be penalised for breaking. To recap, wearing pink trousers on a Sunday is fine, but challenging someone to a duel and carrying large quantities of potatoes is not!