GOOGLE SEARCH: WHAT IF I’VE BEEN DEFAMED?

Have you ever Googled your own name and been concerned with the results? A Queensland man recently made a legal claim against internet giant Google, alleging that defamatory material that had been previously removed from its search engine had been made available again to Google users. He has claimed damages of $750,000. This case is…

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POST SEPARATION CONTRIBUTIONS: DO LOTTERY WINNINGS COUNT?

You’re told you’ve won the lotto. First, you think it’s a scam until you finally realise that it is all too real. You’re excited. You can’t believe that you’ve finally won. Then the realisation of your pending property settlement dawns on you and you begin to wonder if your former partner can claim a share…

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VICTIMISATION IN THE WORKPLACE

For most of us, going to work is a normal activity which takes up a significant portion of our daily lives. For this reason, it’s important that we feel safe at work and can get along with co-workers, managers and others. But sadly, some people may not have this experience as workplace issues such as…

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ: MOSQUITO BITES LEAD TO COMPENSATION CLAIM

A woman who was diagnosed with arthritis after being severely bitten by mosquitos has been successful in her claim for workers compensation. Background The woman was a 60 year-old lecturer in hairdressing, employed by TAFE SA. She had expressed an interest in a TAFE training programme to teach hairdressing skills to indigenous students in the…

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FAMILY LAW: WHERE WILL THE KIDS SPEND THEIR HOLIDAYS?

The summer holiday season can be full of joy and delight, especially for kids. But it can also be a time of pain and stress for parents who won’t get to spend enough or any time with their loved ones. This is an issue for thousands of separated and divorced parents. While there are limitations…

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QUALITY OVER QUANTITY COUNTS IN PARENTING ORDERS

The Family Court has decided that quality over quantity counts when making parenting orders. It found that “substantial and significant time” with a child did not necessarily require involvement in their daily routine. Background Before they separated, the mother and father lived in Melbourne with their children. The father had a full-time management job and…

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NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES: HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND HEARTACHE

Some recent decisions concerning neighbour fence disputes show how important it is to get proper advice before taking legal action. Hogarth v Karp In this case, the parties were neighbours. The respondents had development approval to build a new house on their land. Their building plans required the use of every centimetre of width on…

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