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    [Review of the book Fermat's last theorem]
    Lewin, E. ; Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 1997)
    Two recent books celebrate the long sought solution of a venerable maths problem.
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    Adverse possession of Torrens land: Parliamentary inquiry strays out of bounds
    PARK, MALCOLM ; TING, LISA ; WILLIAMSON, IAN ( 1998-12)
    Current Australasian (including Victorian and NSW) schemes regarding adverse possession of land are reviewed in light of a Victorian Parliamentary committee Fences Act inquiry report, due shortly, which may recommend adoption of NSW practice with respect to adverse possession.
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    Australian cadastres: the role of adverse possession of part parcels
    Park, M. M. ; Williamson, I. P. ( 1999)
    A comprehensive land information management system should ideally disclose the complete legal status of all land with disclosure of all public and private rights and restrictions, including rights acquired under adverse possession. Recognizing trends to develop national spatial data sets, if a national cadastre is ever to be considered, a basic requirement will be a unified national law regarding land ownership. In turn this will require a unified approach to the issue of adverse possession of registered title land and particularly adverse possession of part of a land parcel, which is, in the authors' view, a major obstacle in achieving this vision. With this in mind a review is given of current Australian (particularly Victorian and NSW) schemes regarding adverse possession of part of a registered title land parcel to indicate those fundamental differences requiring possible resolution.
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    The effect of adverse possession to part of a future Australian cadastre
    Park, M. M. ; Williamson, I. P. ( 1999)
    In accord with modern cadastral principles, a comprehensive land informationmanagement system should ideally disclose the complete legal status of all land withthe disclosure of all public and private rights and restrictions, including rightsacquired under adverse possession. Recognizing trends to develop national spatialdata sets, if a national cadastre founded upon these data sets is ever to be considered,a basic requirement will be a unified national law regarding land ownership. In turnthis will require a unified approach to the issue of adverse possession of registeredtitle land and particularly adverse possession of part of a land parcel. The authorsview this issue as a major obstacle in achieving a unified national cadastral surveypractice. This fundamental distinction requires resolution as a necessary step towardsa unified approach ultimately leading to an integrated national cadastre. Adversepossession of part parcels permits the variation, rectification, and re-adjustment ofboundaries with boundary definition being essential to parcel based spatial data sets.Wishing to promote consideration and debate on the issue the authors propose that thecurrent Australian state schemes be categorized according to whether they permit partparcel adverse possession and suggest some possible options. The authors concludethat all Australian jurisdictions except New South Wales, South Australia, and thetwo territories (the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory) permitpart parcel adverse possession of registered title land.
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    Poorly defined boundaries of a nebulous frontier
    Park, M. M. ( 1999-06)
    The disappointed reviewer concludes that this text, one of the fewcovering GIS and law, does not live up to its promise and certainly doesnot justify the price asked. The recommendation is for intendingpurchasers to consider competing texts or await the publication of asecond edition that has not been deprived of the care that a book on thisimportant subject matter deserves.