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The secret and bizarre Australian laws you never knew about

Much of the legislation in Australia dates back to colonial days and many of the peculiar laws still in force were established during the 20th century.

Most Australians are unaware they are subject to some very bizarre laws that vary from state to state.



The odd rules state Australians can be punished for activities including unlawfully ringing doorbells, cleaning up poo and doing business with pirates.

Australians are subject to a number of bizarre laws that vary from state to state. South Australians can be fined $250 for ringing doorbells (pictured) without a ‘reasonable excuse’

Western Australians can be jailed for up to a year for cleaning up seabird (seagulls and pelicans pictured on a pier) or bat poo without a licence according to the Criminal Code Act of 1913

Most odd laws were established in the 20th century. Victorian laws from 1966 state it is an offence to fly a kite (pictured above) ‘to the annoyance of any person’ in a public place

Victoria made it illegal to ‘correspond or do business with pirates’ in the 1958 Crimes Act and the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment.

In Western Australia you can be jailed for up to a year for cleaning up seabird or bat poo without a licence, according to the Criminal Code Act of 1913.

You can also be fined $2,000 for possessing more than 50kg of potatoes from an unauthorised retailer or grower.

Victorian laws from 1966 state it is an offence to fly a kite ‘to the annoyance of any person’ in a public place and can attract a $7,77.30 fine.

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By Isabelle Stackpool For Daily Mail Australia

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