: Housing protest afloat

Housing protest afloat

Simon Rice
ACT
A university student is living in a teepee on a floating platform on Canberra’s Lake Ginninderra, as an alternative to the high cost of student accommodation. In late March, after two months on the lake, William Woodbridge was told by the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services to vacate the lake. Woodbridge said he would defy the order to move on, even though the ACT had said it would not enforce fines if he vacated as required. In early April Woodbridge applied to ACT Supreme Court for an injunction, relying on an unspecified ‘serious question of law’, and ‘authority’ given to him by local Ngambri people to remain on the lake.
SIMON RICE teaches law at the ANU and chairs the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.
(2012) 37(2) AltLJ 135
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