OPERATION SAFE SPEED: SHOULD I PAY THE FINE?

Operation Safe Speed, a police campaign targeting speeding motorists, was conducted over a three day period in October 2016. During the operation, South Australian Police issued more than 1000 expiation notices for speeding, equating to around 14 notices issued for every hour of the Operation. If you have been issued with an expiation notice for…

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EARS LEFT RINGING AFTER WORKPLACE INJURY

A man who claimed that his employment conditions caused tinnitus has been awarded compensation by the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Tribunal). This case is significant because it was found that the connection of the injury to the man’s work did not have to be explained by “precise” medical science. Background The 48 year-old man was…

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WEDDING CANCELLED: CAN THE DEPOSIT BE REFUNDED?

Most people expect that a “non-refundable” deposit is just that. If you don’t go ahead with your plans, you lose it. But after cancelling their wedding, a couple has successfully convinced a court that most of their deposit should be refunded. Background In December 2014, an engaged couple inspected Brooklyn Farm. They wished to hire…

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INTERVENTION ORDERS: SHOULD I JUST CONSENT?

Sometimes, it might seem easier to consent or admit to something just to get out of a difficult situation. This is what happened when a man consented to an intervention order, only to find that he didn’t wish to live with the consequences of the consent. Background In early 2015, a temporary (interim) intervention order…

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WORKERS COMPENSATION: WHEN IS IT TOO LATE TO CLAIM?

In separate decisions, two workers were recently allowed to make workers compensation claims, even though they were well out-of-time.  One case concerned industrial deafness, or noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), and the other was a back injury. Hearing Loss In this case, the worker had received workers compensation in 1982 for NIHL. In 1989, he…

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SIGNIFICANT DAMAGES AWARDED IN WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

A woman who was sexually harassed at work has been awarded $130,000– a significantly higher amount than in previous similar cases.  This case is important because courts now appear willing to award higher payouts in line with community expectations. Background The woman, who was based in Sydney, worked for the company in a senior consulting…

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