Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 277

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Remarks on the New Land Bill

Clause 1 provides that the repeal of the 31 Clause of the Act of 1861 shall not prejudice rights acquired under it.  The presumption is that all other lawful rights are to be so respected.

Clauses 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 give the selector the benefit of a reduction in the value of his improvements, very properly perhaps, but if 10/ an acre is sufficient for a selector why is it not so to a squatter?

Clause 11 debars improvments on Water Reserves - under the present Act (under which leases are held) the squatter has a right to erect Improvments on any portion of his run.  Will it not be a violation of the terms of the lease to debar him from improving Reserves.

Clause 12 restricts the squatter from purchasing more than 1/25 part 

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