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Workplace bullying: “The plaintiff alleged that Mr Short would regularly ‘lift his bum and fart’ on him or at him and that Mr Short thought this was funny”

Mr David Hingst brought an action in the Victorian Supreme Court against his former employer, Construction Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd, claiming damages of $1.8 million because, he alleged, he was bullied in the workplace and had, as a result, developed a psychiatric injury (including fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome).

The nub of the allegations in support of Hingst’s claim were that there was a “conspiracy” between two of Mr Hingst’s supervisors and a manager to marginalise Mr Hingst and have his employment terminated. It was also alleged that a number of “discrete or peripheral incidents occurred”, including an incident where a work colleague started farting in a communal office space shared by Mr Hingst.

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Abuse of work colleagues insufficient ground for dismissal, says majority of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission

Illawara Coal alleged in a termination letter, and Mr Matthew Gosek admitted, that Mr Gosek engaged in conduct that included initiating and participating in abusive, intimidatory and derogatory communications with fellow employees.

The communications included a phone call where Mr Gosek referred to the employees as “dog c***s” and “f****** dogs” and, it was alleged by Illawara Coal, where Mr Gosek threatened to withdraw support for, or expel, people from a union, hunt down and destroy a work colleague, and in two cases where Mr Gosek challenged the work colleague to a physical altercation.

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Mann-O-Mann: The David v Goliath battle to overturn $91.00 parking ticket

In October 2016 Dr Joshua Mann was issued with a $91 parking fine by the Sunshine Coast Council for allegedly “parking on a nature strip, adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area”.

Dr Mann was, (presumably), unimpressed.

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Still a lot of shoes: Largest payout in Australian family provision history reduced on appeal

Mr Michael Wright died on 26 April 2012, aged 74, with what was described by the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a “colossal estate”, in excess of about $1 billion.

In his Will made 6 March 2012 Mr Wright left his daughter (from an earlier relationship), Ms Olivia Mead, the sum of $3 million, to be held on trust until Ms Mead attained the age of 30 years (and conditional upon a swathe of conditions, including that Ms Mead would be disentitled from receiving anything if she became an alcoholic or became involved in 'untraditional faiths').

By contrast, Mr Wright had left his other daughters born of a later marriage, Ms Baldock and Ms Burt, the sum of about $400 million.

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“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur” – Red Adair

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has unanimously dismissed the appeal of a man convicted of advertising (on Gumtree) that he was entitled to engage in legal practice, when he was not an Australian legal practitioner.

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Prepare for another war? Former "Prince", Leonard Casley, ordered to pay $2.7Million to ATO

The former self-declared Prince of the “Hutt River Province” in Western Australia has been ordered by the Supreme Court of Western Australia to pay more than AUD$2.7 million to the Australian Taxation Office.

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