So, they set out to ask this question:
Who owns Australia?
Pastoral leases cover 44% of Australia, according to Austrade. Pastoral leases are defined by Austrade as a title issued for the lease of an area of crown land to use for the limited purpose of grazing of stock and associated activities. We were able to identify the leaseholders for just over half that area, pulling together data on more than 400 owners who together hold 700 stations covering 189.5m hectares – or about a quarter of the country.
Add in the actual Crown land – I think – and you get to majority ownership.
That is, the government of Australia owns the majority of Australia.
At which point the Guardian chunters on about who owns the leases, not the land.
It’s ever such a bit misleading…..