COMPENSATION FOR HEARING LOSS AT WORK

A worker who suffers hearing loss from exposure to noise in the workplace can claim a lump sum payment of compensation and the Workers Compensations laws help to overcome the difficulty of proving how or when the hearing loss occurred. In a recent case in the Workers Compensation Tribunal a worker claimed a lump sum…

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WHAT CONSTITUTES POSSESSION OF A DRUG?

Industrial Hemp in South Australia: What's legal?

Many criminal charges relate to the question of whether a person was in ‘possession’ of an item (such as drug possession or unlawful possession of property) and recently the District Court of South Australia confirmed what is required in order to prove ‘possession’. In this particular case the accused person was alleged to have taken…

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COMPULSORY VOTING UNDER CHALLENGE

A South Australian man recently challenged a charge under section 245(15) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act for failing to vote. That section makes it an offence to fail to vote at a Federal election without a valid and sufficient reason, and the man’s reason was that the definition of the word ‘vote’ requires an element…

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