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Charity law and social inclusion in Australia

European settlement of Australia began in 1788 with a British penal colony. The British Crown claimed the sovereignty and ownership of the land on the basis of terra nullius – that Australia was an empty land belonging to no one. Not unlike other common law nations it subsequently acquired the laws and institutional infrastructure of England and this, to a large extent, continues to provide a contemporary context for charity law and social inclusion.