The egalitarian myth behind the great Australian dream of home ownership is at odds with the first rules of land granting in the colonies. Even then, property ownership depended on wealth and status.
Sir Robert Richard Torrens – the man behind Australia’s 'Torrens system' of land-title registration – was an economic liberal who might have approved of privatising title registries.
The ecological needs of the land need to be considered together with the social and political needs of its people.
Privatisation has its advantages. But Australia’s title offices may not necessarily be the right government businesses to be privatised.
Behind the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon lie decades of controversy over federal control of public land in western states.
The landed gentry don't like the reforms that are in the offing. But that doesn't mean there's anything radical about them.