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PostSubject: WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates   WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates EmptyWed 19 Dec 2018, 3:39 pm

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A long-running dispute in Western Australia has ended with a 'sovereign citizen' having his property seized and sold from under him.

Wayne Kenneth Glew, from Geraldton, owed his council $300,000 in rates and legal costs, which he refused to pay because he believed local governments were unconstitutional.

Mr Glew is one of an informal movement of 'freemen' or 'sovereign citizens', who believed Australian legislative laws only applied if you consented to them.

City of Greater Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn said Mr Glew's actions were an injustice to those doing the right thing by paying their yearly rates.

Mr Glew, a former police officer, has appealed a court order from the council to remove his possessions from the property.

It is not the first time he has taken his fight to the court of appeal.

In 2014 he was declared a "vexatious litigant" by the Supreme Court of WA, with his position being described as "nonsensical and incoherent".

Mr Glew claimed the City of Greater Geraldton could not lawfully make constituents pay rates, because local governments were not written in Australia's constitution.

Constitutional law expert Professor Anne Twomey said the council's actions were legal.

"The State of WA has the power to enact legislation that sets up a system of local government, which includes the City of Greater Geraldton and other places," she said.

Mr Glew said the city could not seize his land because he claimed it under Magna Carta.

"It is not getting sold because I have it held under clause 61 of Magna Carta," he said.

"I own it and I paid for it."

Magna Carta was originally issued by King John of England in 1215 as a solution to a political crisis.

Since then it has been the foundation of constitutional and parliamentary government for Britain and Commonwealth countries.

Professor Twomey said Magna Carta was an important historic statute but had little relevance in today's society.

"You have got to understand that under British law, their constitution is the system of parliamentary sovereignty and that means parliament itself can always change its own laws," she said.

"The same issue arises in Australia — Magna Carta became part of Australian law as a received British law … it would have been a much cut-down version of Magna Carta.

"Only the little dribs and drabs that were left, and even those dribs and drabs they are not entrenched as part of our law they are just part of ordinary statute that can be changed by later statute."

Mr Glew is just one of many who have taken a direct stance against paying rates or taxes.

In 1970, Midwest farmer Leonard Casely declared his land the Principality of Hutt River and claimed to be a sovereign state after a stoush with the State Government over wheat production quotas.

The so-called micronation was not legally recognised by the Australian Government and in 2017 the Supreme Court of WA ordered the family pay more than $3 million in taxes owed.

Mr Van Styn said seizing Mr Glew's property was a last resort.

"Everyone is required to pay the costs of living in a community," he said.

"We do not have roads and civic services out of nowhere.

"We require rates to run a city that functions with all the services that everyone needs from day to day.

Professor Twomey said despite what people believed, the law would prevail.

"If you notice, all of these people [who] object to paying taxes or rates and everything else say that the laws are invalid," she said.

"Nor do you ever see them refusing to use a hospital or a school or a road because it has been paid for by other people under invalid taxes or rates.

"People tend to just want to take the benefits and not want to pay or contribute."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-19/geraldton-city-seizes-wayne-glew-land-for-non-payment-of-rates/10619944

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PostSubject: Re: WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates   WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates EmptyThu 20 Dec 2018, 3:33 pm

I know a farmer near Melbourne who was charged for rain water on his own land
even when it hadn't rained for 6 months and there was no water.
The bill was in the vicinity of $7,000.
The councils are licensed thieves.
His lawyer said there was nothing he could do about it - he had to pay
or lose his property.
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PostSubject: Re: WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates   WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates EmptyThu 20 Dec 2018, 5:51 pm

The Crown owns ALL the land in Australia. Even Freehold "they" can come and bulldoze your "block" and start building roads and houses!

Canberra has a Leasehold System .... 99 year lease on the Land ... that was decided by whomever to "prevent" Developers buying up lots of land to build Jennings houses on. They still do it though but pay the ACT Government. Very Happy

Oh, and don't forget that The Indigenous Peoples actually think the The Land is theirs. They have claimed lots of "National Parks" and "religious sites" whatever that means.

I always love when YOUR ABC puts on something with the message "Aboriginal people should look away because somebody died" ... or whatever the message says. finger

Anyway ....
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