‘HISTORIANS AND JOURNALISTS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST BAIRD GOVERNMENT’S LAND TITLES SELL-OFF’

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Land Titles Office, Bridge Street Sydney, undated [RAHS Photograph Collection]

Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) journalist Esther Han interviewed RAHS President Associate Professor Carol Liston about her concerns on the government’s land titles registry privatisation plans.

In September 2015, the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet announced reforms to separate the regulatory and operational functions of Land and Property Information NSW (LPI). Since this announcement, Carol has been raising community awareness of the serious changes to land record accessibility due to the closure of the LPI online shop and the outsourcing of its services to nine LPI approved information brokers.

She explained her concerns, and those of RAHS members, in this weeks SMH interview interview: “Our fear is if these records are removed from the custody of the bureaucrats who understand them and have been their guardians for centuries, the records would no longer be kept as a complete chain of verifiable information.”

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