Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Retain the name of Moreland City Council
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Moreland City Council has requested that the municipal council be renamed due to a perceived link with chattel slavery in Jamaica and that Moreland Estate was seized directly from local First Peoples. Both claims are in error.

Dr Farquhar McCrae was the fifth son of his slave-owning father but did not own slaves nor was paid for slave-owning himself. This claims all McCraes are eternally guilty.

The Moreland Estate property was surveyed by the Crown and sold to Dr McCrae by the Crown Surveyor. All Victorians share the same degree of guilt for seizing land from First Peoples. Under existing law, the Crown holds all lands and any remedies should be directed at the State of Victoria, not at a normal farmer and land holder.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to reject the Moreland City Council’s proposal to change the name of the municipality as this costly and erroneous proposal is not in the interest of the State of Victoria or the residents of Moreland.
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