Wednesday, 25 November 2015
The recent ex tempore decision of Justice McMeekin in The Queen v Stanley Stanley Jnr  QSC 327 has resolved the issue of whether or not the prosecution must disclose full criminal histories of witnesses, and deceased persons who are allegedly the victims of murder, to the defence. His Honour determined that the obligation to provide all documents to the defendant which might reasonably assist in his or her defence over-rides any rights of witnesses or deceased persons to prevent old offences being brought to light. His Honour found that the operation of s590 AB of the Criminal Code did not prevent the disclosure of old offences, including spent offences.
The full decision can be read here.
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Monday, 23 November 2015
As part of our commitment to ensuring workers get great benefits from their membership of Workers First, our Job Ready team and Danielle Newman have started work on uploading the latest Gloweave and DNC Workwear range for members to purchase at greatly discounted prices. Here's one of the first products we've uploaded today and the rest will be added to our website over the next couple of weeks.
Obviously this isn't our core business, but we see great benefits in making these products available to clients and members at special rates because after all, we believe in the concept of "workers first".
In the coming weeks, will also be adding a large range of high quality suits and corporate attire, again offered at hugely discounted prices to benefit Workers First members.
The Workers First Job Ready initiative is helping to create local jobs in South East Queensland as the business continues to evolve.
Help us to help you. If you have any special requests for workwear or corporate and formal attire, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3807 3807 and speak with Danielle Newman.
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Incarceration: A VICE Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015
The video has a number of comments by the guest speakers that will both resonate and offend Prison Officers, nevertheless, we think this is a video that must be watched by all Prison Officers to promote active engagement in our industry issues.
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015
"it's a whole new world of representation"
Workers First is available to assist all workers in all industries with workplace matters and membership has never been more affordable and flexible.
This month we will be distributing FREE Membership cards to all Prison Officers who have signed up to the Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA).
Once you receive your card, please follow the instructions to register your card and membership number.
The card will include helpful guide on what to do and what not to do if you're invited to an interview.
"it's a whole new world of representation"
LEGISLATION CITED: Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW)
Transport Workers' Union (NSW) v Toll Transport Pty Ltd (t/as Toll Contract Logistics)  NSWIRComm 36
LEGISLATION CITED: Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) s 140(2); Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) ss 314, 315; Road Rules 2014 (NSW) r 224
Source: Thompson Reuters Alert: 151112CA-0596
The company says the jobs will go over the next six to eight months and will include about 200 workers employed directly by Arrium and up to 50 contractors.
It says all workers affected will receive their full entitlements, including redundancy payments and other services including counselling and help to find new work.
"All employees will be treated fairly and respectfully throughout this process," Arrium said on Monday.
The latest job cuts follow the loss of 55 positions last month and bring the company's identified savings to $60 million, still about $40 million short of its target.
It says the Whyalla operations continue to be put under pressure by a global oversupply of steel.
Chief executive of steel Steve Hamer says Arrium remains focused on reaching its savings target as quickly as possible and certainly by June next year.
But he has not indicated if that could mean more job losses.
"We remain committed to delivering a viable and competitive Whyalla business which benefits our stakeholders, including our local community and state," Mr Hamer said.
South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said low world iron ore prices were to blame for the job losses.
"Terrible news for steel workers at Arrium in Whyalla today. If there was something we could do about international iron ore prices we would," Mr Koutsantonis tweeted on Monday.
In a statement provided to the ASX, Northern Star Resources Limited said it was assisting authorities in their investigation and confirmed no other workers were involved in the incident.
"Northern Star Directors, management and staff extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the man's family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time," the company said.
A Department of Mines and Petroleum spokeswoman told AAP two inspectors were expected to be sent to the mine on Monday afternoon.
A Police spokeswoman said the death was not being treated as suspicious and a report would be prepared for a coroner.
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Bad records: Bad defence;
No records: No defence".
Keep a work diary with shifts you work, incidents and adverse actions concerning you or your colleagues and never throw a diary away.
Saturday, 14 November 2015
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Together with Workers First, you can help make a difference in the working lives of Australian's everywhere by ensuring effective and efficient representation remains available through Workers First's membership.
If you're not already a member, please join today. At just $1 a day, a Workers First membership may be the very thing that protects you in the workplace from an adverse action.
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Friday, 6 November 2015
TORTS – Negligence – Essentials of action for negligence – Damage – Causation – Other cases – Where the first defendant was an incorporated business providing disability services to young people – Where the plaintiff was an employee of the first defendant – Where the second defendant was the employer of a police officer, who attended at the first defendant’s premises to give a presentation to its clients – Where, during the course of that presentation, the police officer turned on the siren of a police vehicle, which caused a client with physical and intellectual disabilities to startle and fall – Where the plaintiff attempted to arrest his fall and, in doing so, suffered an injury to her right shoulder – Where the plaintiff subsequently appeared to develop a constant tremor in her right hand and arm, along with severe pain throughout her right upper body – To what extent had the plaintiff suffered injury.
DAMAGES – Measure and remoteness of damages in actions for tort – Remoteness and causation – Proof of causation – Where the first defendant was an incorporated business providing disability services to young people – Where the plaintiff was an employee of the first defendant – Where the second defendant was the employer of a police officer, who attended at the first defendant’s premises to give a presentation to its clients – Where, during the course of that presentation, the police officer turned on the siren of a police vehicle, which caused a client with physical and intellectual disabilities to startle and fall – Where the plaintiff attempted to arrest his fall and, in doing so, suffered an injury to her right shoulder – Where the plaintiff subsequently appeared to develop a constant tremor in her right hand and arm, along with severe pain throughout her right upper body – To what extent was the first defendant liable for costs of the plaintiff’s medical treatment, rehabilitation and medication.
LEGISLATION CITED: Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld); Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) rr 5(1), 375(1)