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PERSONAL INJURY: $1 MILLION IN DAMAGES FOR ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

July 20, 2017

PERSONAL INJURY: $1 MILLION IN DAMAGES FOR ASBESTOS EXPOSURE – By Geoffrey Wark – A man was awarded more than $1 million in damages after being exposed to asbestos 40 years ago. He contracted terminal mesothelioma as a result of the exposure and took legal action against the asbestos manufacturer. This case shows how seriously the legal…

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CAN YOU GET WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR ALCOHOLISM?

July 14, 2017

CAN YOU GET WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR ALCOHOLISM? – By Courtney Chan – When a man turned to alcohol to self-medicate after suffering a workplace injury, his general health deteriorated. When he then made a workers compensation claim, the question was whether there was a link between his alcohol consumption and his work-related injury. Background – workers compensation (WorkCover) and…

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FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT: HAVE YOU BROKEN THE LAW?

July 13, 2017

FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT: HAVE YOU BROKEN THE LAW? – By Marwa Shabbar – It’s a scheme that has helped thousands of Australians to achieve their dream of home ownership. As property prices continue to rise, it’s become an increasingly important aspect of property transactions. But like all things, the nationally implemented First Home Owner Grant (FHOG)…

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CRIMINAL LAW: BAIL ACCOMMODATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME OPENS IN THE PORT

July 11, 2017

CRIMINAL LAW: BAIL ACCOMMODATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME OPENS IN THE PORT – By Naomi Hill – Imagine that you are charged with a criminal offence. You’ve been granted bail but have nowhere to live. What happens to you? You could be kept (remanded) in custody until your case is determined. That means that you’re imprisoned – even if you’re…

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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT THREATENS TO OVERSHADOW SOLAR PANELS

July 6, 2017

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT THREATENS TO OVERSHADOW SOLAR PANELS -By Jake Woolford – Does a property owner have the right to access sunlight? Should it be a protected right? These were the issues when a proposed development threatened to overshadow another property’s solar panels. The neighbour raised objections with the local council and the council refused to consent to…

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NEW LAWS RELATING TO FAMILY VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE

July 5, 2017

NEW LAWS RELATING TO FAMILY VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE Are you affected by Family Violence? On 7th June 2012 changes came into effect in how matters dealing with allegations of child abuse or family violence are now dealt with by the Courts. Family Violence is defined as: violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person…

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CRIMINAL LAW: WHAT IS REASONABLE DOUBT?

July 5, 2017

CRIMINAL LAW: WHAT IS REASONABLE DOUBT? – By Chloe Goldsworthy  – When 10-year-old Louise Bell disappeared from her bedroom on a balmy summer’s night in 1983, the nation was shocked. It was one of South Australia’s most enduring and high profile cold cases until recently, when a man was tried for her abduction and murder. One of…

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WORKERS COMPENSATION: WHEN ARE FIFO WORKERS ENTITLED TO CLAIM?

July 4, 2017

WORKERS COMPENSATION: WHEN ARE FIFO WORKERS ENTITLED TO CLAIM? – By Geoffrey Wark – A fly in/fly out (FIFO) worker was injured as he was leaving his accommodation cabin before commencing work. He then made a claim for workers compensationand the South Australian Employment Tribunal had to decide whether his injury occurred “out of or in the course…

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FAMILY LAW: WHY DO I HAVE TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO MY EX?

June 22, 2017

08 7111 0375 First consultation free FAMILY LAW: WHY DO I HAVE TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO MY EX? – By Elizabeth Burke – A woman claimed that she had consented to Family Court orders that weren’t fair because her husband had failed to make full and frank disclosure of his financial situation. The Court then…

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WORKERS COMPENSATION: ARE SUBSEQUENT INJURIES COMPENSABLE?

June 20, 2017

WORKERS COMPENSATION: ARE SUBSEQUENT INJURIES COMPENSABLE? – By Christopher Loxton – When a man suffered a heart attack three weeks after his employment was terminated, he claimed that it was the result of depression that was caused by his employment. It raised a question about whether he could claim workers compensation for the heart attack.…

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