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Zebra57
827859.  Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:30 pm Reply with quote

Located on what was a wheat farm in Western Australia. Self-proclaimed independent since 1970 and ruled by Prince Leonard.

The Australian Government not surprisingly does not recognize Hutt River's independence and treats it as a tax scam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YfI5LrEKKM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEO-pAOcnvQ&feature=related

 
bobwilson
827866.  Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:56 pm Reply with quote

Youtube - not something I can access. (If this is an attempt at a zero response be warned - if the only references are youtube I'll mention I can't see them)

 
Efros
827906.  Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:08 am Reply with quote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Hutt_River

 
Brickie
852593.  Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:21 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Located on what was a wheat farm in Western Australia. Self-proclaimed independent since 1970 and ruled by Prince Leonard.

The Australian Government not surprisingly does not recognize Hutt River's independence and treats it as a tax scam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YfI5LrEKKM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEO-pAOcnvQ&feature=related


Though see the following from the Wikipedia page:

Quote:
In correspondence with the governor-general's office, Casley was inadvertently addressed as the "Administrator of the Hutt River Province" which, under the application of Royal Prerogative, makes this recognition binding on all courts.[dubious discuss][1][unreliable source?]

After the government threatened him with prosecution, Casley styled himself His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt to take advantage of a Commonwealth law that a monarch could not only not be charged, but that anyone who interfered with his duties could be charged with treason.

Although the law in this matter has since changed, the Australian government has not taken any action against Hutt River since the declaration.[citation needed] Under Australian law, the government had two years to respond to Casley's declaration; the failure to respond gave the province de facto legal status on 21 April 1972.[3]


In essence, it's not worth Australia's effort to squash one guy and his farm, and they've even started to recognise Hutt River issued passports on a case-by-case basis - again, presumably because it's too much effort not to.

 
Zebra57
863606.  Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:42 am Reply with quote

The official Hutt River website some may find qi, particularly their honours list.

http://www.hutt-river-province.com/news/index.htm

 

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