2020Unfair Contracts

16 November 2020

The Federal and state governments reached a historic agreement to make “unfair contracts” illegal. (Nov 2020) The Commonwealth and state and territory governments had agreed to strengthen existing unfair contract term protections in the Australian Consumer Law, by making unfair terms unlawful (not simply void) and giving courts the power to impose a civil penalty;...

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, has asked for eight years of the president’s financial records in connection with an alleged “hush money” payment made to porn actress and former Playboy model Stormy Daniels.

In 1841, Frederic Wright Unwin, a Sydney solicitor, purchased 5,120 acres or eight square miles of land approximately 10 km north-east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The land was purchased from the Crown for one pound an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations. Ditto, Henry Dendy and his selection for the settlement of Brighton.

One of the great truths of the British occupation of Australia is naturally the price the Aborigines paid, but the land itself suffered too as described in A History of the Port Phillip District the 1830s and 1840s as the Squatters spread making the greatest land grab for wool and cattle runs of Major Thomas Mitchell's self-described - Australia Felix

Before Victoria was a Colony in its own right, Port Phillip (Victoria) was a province of the Colony of New South Wales. ^ With the spread of the squatters seeking out unoccupied lands and settling new grazing runs, especially with a river frontage, this pattern was happening unchecked without official permission and not officially recognised by a Crown Land grant (sale) or a legal title.

Excerpts from The History of Brighton by Weston Bate 1841 - 1851 Page 89 An abundance of fish seems to have been the attraction for the numerous (white) families on the foreshore. The capsize of a fisherman's boat and the loss of its crew was conjectured in 1843,

I grew up in Melbourne. Sadly, there was zero recognition for the first people. Growing up in Brighton I guess I took it to heart the legal fiction of terra nullius. There were scarcely any other cultures but white Anglos. Our community had erased everything leaving not a scintilla of even remnant forest or vegetation or memories of Aboriginal society and those that inhabited the area, the Wurundjeri tribal nation^.

The Aborigines also modify the environment for the use of fire,  which they could light in about 60 seconds by ingeniously contriving the friction of wood according to Curr who saw them do this. Burning the grasses encouraged edible bracken ferns and helped to regenerate the grass creating the lightly timbered plains which attracted the kangaroo and other light nibblers and late and later on the white pastoralists.