Australia's Northern Territory to Repeal Witchcraft Act of 1735

August 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s been on the books in Australia’s Northern Territory for almost 300 years now, but the Witchcraft Act of 1735 will soon be no more.

Though it hasn’t been enforced in a long, long time, this law makes Tarot reading, witchcraft, and sorcery illegal in the Territory.

Anyone convicted of such activities could technically face a mandatory one year in jail, and the possibility of being pilloried at the market every three months during the sentence.

Yes, that’s right, pilloried. Locked down on a pillory while your fellow citizens throw assorted fruits and vegetables at you.

Fortunately, after a review of the law, Attorney-General John Elferink thought the sentence rather harsh and has decided to repeal the legislation.

Thank goodness!

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