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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Stealing land

All property, including money and all other property real or personal including
things in action and other intangible property, is capable of being stolen: s 71(1) Crimes Act.



A statutory exception to this general rule is found at s 73(6), where it is provided that (except in some specified instances) land cannot be stolen. Where a title to land has been acquired by fraud, the prosecution are likely to prefer some form of deception charge.



The same principle probably doesn't apply in Singapore where, according to a recent article in The Age, the beaches of neighbouring countries are being 'stolen' and brought into Singapore for use in the island nation's building projects.



According to the article, Singapore has increased in size by 20% since the 1960s as a result of the importation of sand.