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Two bills currently before the Queensland State Parliament give hope that shortly, in Queensland, victims of historical abuse will have the opportunity to seek long...

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Publication: Lawyers Weekly

The roll-back of Campbell Newman's WorkCover changes creates a fairer scheme for workplace injury claims, writes Mark O’Connor.

Injured Queenslanders will be the big winners from the state government’s reversal of the...

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Brisbane lawyer Mark O’Connor said the holiday season meant many parties and social gatherings were being held at homes, and hosts should not lose sight of their responsibilities to provide a safe venue.

It was too easy, especially where alcohol was involved, for people to forget responsibilities such as ensuring children in a pool were safe, or a barbecue was being safely operated....

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The Queensland Government may have given businesses flouting workplace health and safety laws a ‘get out of jail free’ card with the State’s tough new workers compensation scheme restrictions.

News reports have revealed that building firm John Holland allegedly did not follow its own workplace health and safety systems whilst building the Brisbane Airport Link project.

Brisbane...

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Courier Mail  | April 24, 2013 | View PDF  

QUEENSLAND should consider adopting a New...

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Attention businesses, builders & property developers

The Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (the “WHSA”) was introduced on 1 January 2012 to provide a national system of work safety laws. Unfortunately uniformity has come with the price of expanded obligations for your business.

The WHSA applies not only to companies but also to sole traders, partnerships,...

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The development of transportation technology is a slow, costly process. The motor vehicles that we use today operate in fundamentally the same way as those first sold to consumers in the early 1900’s. Indeed, only in recent decades has the electric engine...

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A federal government plan to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme by requiring injury victims to sue for compensation has logic behind the proposal, according to Brisbane lawyer Mark O’Connor.

He said while it was unusual to have a government compensation scheme which requires people to pursue a claim for damages, the concept had merit.

“If a person has a serious...

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