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Compulsory Acquisitions

Posted May 02, 2018 Court Finds Compulsory Acquisition Invalid: “…State does not have open slather.”
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Governments need land to build utilities and social infrastructure.  And international treaties prevent them arbitrarily depriving citizens of their property.   In Australia, there are statutory frameworks outlining the process by which government agencies can acquire privately-owned land. Those frameworks require government agencies to make genuine attempts to procure landowner agreement to a voluntary sale.  If […]

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Posted Jul 26, 2017 Compulsory Acquisition of Land—How it Works
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Recent media reports regarding the necessary land acquisitions for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Northern Beaches link have once again raised concerns for the many families and businesses which will be displaced. Following the public outcry over the actions of authorities, and the treatment of displaced families and businesses, during the significant land acquisitions […]

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