Copyright duration – life + 70 years

The losing side in yesterday's Men at Work music copyright court case, was found to have copied Kookaburra. This is a song the sheet music of which was published in 1934, that's 77 years ago. Under section 34 of the Copyright Act 1968 the duration of copyright in literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work lasts for the life of the author and for 70 years after the author's death. How did Australian copyright law reach this outcome, ie this long duration for copyright works?

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