Lock up your little dogs, the Northern Territory Government is repealing old legislation which makes witchcraft illegal! Halloween has come early.
A recent review of the Territory’s Summary Offences Act found a centuries-old law citing anyone caught conjuring spells or predicting the future could face one year in prison.
Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink says “This legislation was enacted because it was there essentially as a form of consumer protection.”
“If you were convicted of this offence, you were given a mandatory one-year imprisonment and every quarter, you were brought to the market and pilloried for the purpose of people throwing vegetables and such things at you.
“That doesn’t accord with modern sentencing practices and frankly I don’t really want to see our tarot readers in the markets here in Darwin being pilloried and incarcerated for a year.”
Mr Elferink says he is not aware of anyone being prosecuted under this outdated law.
Those in witchcraft and pagan circles say they are glad the law is being thrown out.
Damn, just when there was an employment opportunity for people who burn witches…
Full story here.