The case of the Gold Coast sales assistant injured in a jewellery store robbery and the case of the Brisbane teacher who was injured falling from a rope-swing while on a school trip to Vanuatu.
Unlike other states, it’s common for victims of crime to give evidence at a Victorian committal hearing. The state’s Law Reform Commission is currently considering how well this system works. While victim advocates want big changes, defence lawyers say committals are an important filter.
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In early 2019, in a judgment that ran to 647 paragraphs, County Court Judge Woodward, sitting as a Vice President at VCAT, had to deal with a claim following a fire at a residential tower in Melbourne that occurred due to faulty cladding (see: Owners Corporation No.1 of PS613436T v LU Simon Builders
The devastating bushfires across Australia in the summer of 2019/20 provide us with a clear message. Australians – people, businesses, and those who govern us – can no longer take our environment for granted. We have been willfully ignoring the signs so far but that