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Automated Torrens Registration: An Australian and New Zealand experience


Thomas, R and Low, R and Griggs, LD, Automated Torrens Registration: An Australian and New Zealand experience, 11TH APLT CONFERENCE 2012 Abstracts and Biographies, 12 - 13 July 2012, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, pp. 1. (2012) [Conference Extract]


The thesis presented in this paper is that the land fraud committed by Matthew Perrin in Queensland and inflicted upon Roger Mildenhall in Western Australia demonstrates the need for urgent procedural reform to the conveyancing process. Should this not occur, then calls to reform the substantive principles of the Torrens system will be heard throughout the jurisdictions that adopt title by registration, particularly in those places where immediate indefeasibility is still the norm. This paper closely examines the factual matrix behind both of these frauds, and asks what steps should have been taken to prevent them occurring. With 2012 bringing us Australian legislation embedding a national e-conveyancing system and a new Land Transfer Act for New Zealand we ask what legislative measures should be introduced to minimise the potential for such fraud. In undertaking this study, we reflect on whether the activities of Perrin and the criminals responsible for stealing Mildenhall's land would have succeeded under the present system for automated registration utilised in New Zealand.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:torrens, australia, new zealand
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Griggs, LD (Mr Lynden Griggs)
ID Code:81865
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2013-01-10
Last Modified:2013-01-10

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