Right of individuals in the SA Industrial Relations Commission

Right of Individuals to Apply to bring an Individual Dispute to the SA Industrial Relations CommissionOur firm acts for the Ambulance Employees Association and its members.In a dispute filed with the SA Industrial Commission a few months ago, on behalf of both an individual paramedic and the Union, the State Industrial Commission considered whether it ... Read more

Johnston Withers addresses mental health in the workplace

Our Managing Director Graham Harbord was invited to attend in February 2016 before the SA Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation, which is investigating mental health in the workplace. As an expert lawyer in Workers Compensation, Graham was asked by the Committee to provide advice about the new Return to Work Act and ... Read more

Johnston Withers addresses labour hire inquiry

Our Managing Director Graham Harbord was invited to attend a meeting in March 2016 of the SA Parliament Economic and Finance Committee which is holding an inquiry into the labour hire industry. As an expert employment lawyer he was invited to provide advice to the Committee about the law affecting labour hire agencies and the ... Read more

Self managed super – don’t forget your will

A recent report in Super News Alert published by Thomson Reuters has highlighted the complexities of family disputes over superannuation death benefits in self-managed superannuation funds.In that case, Maxwell Morris has signed a binding death nomination in favour of his two adult daughters from his first marriage of all his interest in his self-managed superannuation ... Read more

Estate dispute over family farm – promises upheld in recent decision

There has been an important case decided in the Supreme Court of South Australia about farm succession planning. The name of the case is Rodda v Rodda and it was decided on 1 July 2015 by Judge Nicholson.In that case the Court found that over the course of a long relationship between the father and ... Read more

Singing the Law

The Adnyamathanha People have lived in and around the Flinders Ranges in the north of South Australia long before the coming of white settlement. In 1994, the Adnyamathanha filed the first native title claim in South Australia, seeking a determination from the Federal Court that they hold customary rights and interests, including the right to ... Read more

On Top of The Straddle

“We were pulling a big case that weighed about 6 ton into the wing using the winch. We had a couple of snatch blocks clamped to the side of the ship with a dog and a bolt. You hook on your hook. You’ve got a man out in the square to tell the hatchman when ... Read more

Cruel Treatment of Asylum Seekers

The revelations about the ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers has again raised questions about conditions of asylum seekers held in detention by the Australian Government. Reports by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in June 2002 and by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in May 2004 have ... Read more

Seeking Asylum

The recent hunger strikes and wave of self mutilation amongst asylum seekers held in detention in Australia, has again brought both international exposure and condemnation to the Federal Government’s policies in relation to these people seeking refugee status.Australia is the only country in the developed world which implements mandatory detention for all unauthorised arrivals, regardless ... Read more