Injuries due to sporting ground conditions – a cautionary tale for organisers.

Given the recent weather events and an inability across our community to play any number of sports due to sporting field conditions, the High Court of Australia has delivered a timely decision which provides guidance to organisers of events. The High Court had to decide whether the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft & Rodeo Association breached its …

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Dust Diseases Affecting Farmers within the Agricultural Industry

A “dust disease” also known as “occupational lung disease” is a lung illness which creates respiratory problems and may lead to fatality. A dust disease develops as a result of exposure and inhalation of elements such as asbestos dust and fibre, silica dust, gases, powders, vapour and fumes. In the agricultural industry, the common gases, …

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A Game of Guess Who – Exposing Who’s Liable for Farming Injuries

When any worker, farmer, drover, farm hand, laborer, mechanic, welder, musterer, truck driver or harvester is injured it is essential to focus on: the relationship between the parties involved in the accident; and who is at fault for the accident. For example; whether the injured individual is an employee of a farming business; visitor or …

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Farmers at risk

The Australian agricultural, forestry and fishing industry lends itself to being one of the most dangerous and physically demanding industries an individual can work in, with the industry recently taking out the award for most workplace fatalities and injuries per 100,000 workers. The most common workplace farming injuries include: Working from heights and falls; such …

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Land Acquisition on Just Terms

With the State Government seeking to acquire Land either by negotiation or resumption in our area, it is worth considering the law relating to this.  The NSW Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act, 1991 was introduced by then State Liberal/National Government to prevent Land resumptions without compensation by the State Government.  Section 55 of that …

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