posted on Aug, 20 2002 @ 06:53 PM
The war's over, Rann assures South Australians
South Australia has belatedly declared an official end to World War II, more than half a century after hostilities ended.
Premier Mike Rann says the Government has just discovered that an Emergency Powers Act put in place in 1941 because of the war has never been
"It is a quirk of history that World War II was never proclaimed at an end in this state," he said.
"The act was supposed to expire at the time that peace treaties were signed, as they were at the end of World War I.
"However, peace treaties were never signed because the Axis powers surrendered."
Mr Rann says the Emergency Powers Act was amended in 1952 so state authorities could issue a proclamation declaring World War II over.
"But there is no evidence that the proclamation was ever made," he said.
The declaration was needed to revoke extraordinary powers that were bestowed on the State Government during the war years but which now are in
conflict with federal law.
The emergency powers gave the state the right to remove civilian populations from any portion of the state, to authorise the search of private
premises and to ration food, water, fuel, gas and electricity.
Mr Rann says it became necessary to officially revoke the Emergency Powers Act because it was considered in breach of national competition laws.