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Monash professor to head property laws review

Monash professor to head property laws review

Victorian Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls has nominated the person to head a state-wide review of property law._x000D_

VICTORIAN Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls has nominated the person to head a state-wide review of property law.

Monash University associate professor Pam O’Connor will oversee the first stage of the property law review that is set to update the state’s “archaic property laws and cut the mountains of red tape that surrounded them”, Hulls said.

“The Property Law Act is one of the most complicated, outdated and archaic pieces of legislation in Victoria and it is crying out for review,” Hulls said.

“The first stage of the review will also look at easements and covenants, which involve things like rights of way, sewerage and drainage, and affect most homeowners.”

Dr O’Connor’s appointment comes after Mr Hulls announced in August that the Victorian Law Reform Commission would be asked to review the state’s property laws and sought expressions of interest for the part-time Commissioner.

Hulls said the Property Law Review was a bold first step in the journey to overhaul Victoria’s property laws, which have for too long tied up people in red tape.

Dr O’Connor is associate dean at the Faculty of Law at Monash University, where she teaches property law.

“Dr O’Connor has demonstrated she has a strong conceptual grasp of the tasks required to fulfil this position, the strategic vision required to perform the review and combined with her broad knowledge of property law she is a very capable inaugural Commissioner of this review.”

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