Setka in court bid to block ALP’s axe

Original article by Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 5 : 5-Jul-19

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union official John Setka is seeking an injunction against Labor’s national executive, which wants to expel him from the party. Labor leader Anthony Albanese claims that Setka’s conduct in recent years has been unacceptable, and he must be expelled to prevent further damage to the party’s reputation. Setka in turn alleges that being expelled from Labor would damage his own reputation and could result in the loss of his position as Victorian secretary of the CFMMEU.

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CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA

Fair Work Ombudsman accuses toy retailer Uncle Toys of underpaying workers

Original article by Josh Fagan
Herald Sun – Page: Online : 29-May-19

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges that retailer Uncle Toys paid some of its employees just $6.70 an hour at its pop-up stores across Melbourne during the Christmas trading period. FWO Sandra Parker says the retailer and its owner Eyal Israel are the first to be prosecuted under the Protecting Vulnerable Workers laws. The eight employees of Uncle Toys who were underpaid are all on temporary working visas, and are said to be owed a total of $21,000 in wages and entitlements.

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AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, UNCLE TOYS

Pell’s six-year death sentence

Original article by John Ferguson, Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 14-Mar-19

Victims of institutional child sexual abuse say Cardinal George Pell’s jail sentence is insufficient. The County Court of Victoria’s Chief Judge Peter Kidd has ruled that Pell will be eligible for parole in three years and eight months, after announcing a maximum sentence of six years for sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 and 1997. Chief Judge Kidd acknowledged that the 77-year-old could die in prison, given his age and health problems. Corrections Victoria has warned that Pell’s high profile and the nature of his offences means he may be targeted by other inmates.

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COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA, CORRECTIONS VICTORIA, CATHOLIC CHURCH, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sex assaults on choirboys

Original article by Lucie Morris-Marr
The New Daily – Page: Online : 27-Feb-19

Lawyers representing Cardinal George Pell say he will appeal against his conviction on child sexual assault charges. A jury found Pell guilty of five charges of sexually abusing two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 and 1997. The verdict was handed down on 11 December, but a suppression order prevented the media from reporting on the case until 26 February, when separate charges of sexual abuse were dropped. It has also been revealed that Pell’s conviction in December was preceded by a previous trial in September, but the jury was dismissed after failing to reach a unanimous verdict.

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CATHOLIC CHURCH, COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA

Lawyer X to be unmasked

Original article by Anthony Dowsley, Patrick Carlyon
Herald Sun – Page: 1 & 4 : 22-Feb-19

Victoria’s Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s ruling that the media can disclose the identity of a gangland defence lawyer who became a police informant. The court has ruled that the ‘Herald Sun’ can publish the name of the woman dubbed ‘Lawyer X’ on 1 March, ending a five-year legal battle to reveal her identity. Lawyer X claims that information she has supplied to police has helped to arrest and charge 386 people, including her own clients in the underworld.

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COURT OF APPEAL (VICTORIA), HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA POLICE, VICTORIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

Court tells Wilson to pay back $4.2m

Original article by Michael Pelly
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 28-Jun-18

Victoria’s Court of Appeal has ordered Hollywood star Rebel Wilson to pay 80 per cent of the legal costs that Bauer Media incurred in its appeal against her landmark defamation payout. Wilson had initially been awarded a record $A4.7m, which Bauer paid in September 2017. This was subsequently reduced to just $A600,000 plus interest on appeal, and Wilson has been ordered to repay more than $A4.1m.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, COURT OF APPEAL (VICTORIA)

Union vows to sue after blackmail case folds

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 17-May-18

Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions will not proceed with a blackmail case against Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon. Setka has indicated that he may pursue legal action against federal and state police, as well as law firm Freehills. The case against Setka and Reardon had centred on allegations that their threat to blockade Boral trucks in 2013 constituted blackmail. The CFMEU was engaged in an industrial dispute with Boral supplier Grocon at the time. The charges against Setka and Reardon had been recommended by the trade union royal commission.

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CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, BORAL LIMITED – ASX BLD, GROCON PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO TRADE UNION GOVERNANCE AND CORRUPTION, MELBOURNE MAGISTRATES’ COURT, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, VICTORIA POLICE, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS

Long fight looms after Pell pleads not guilty in abuse cases

Original article by Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 2-May-18

The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has committed Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on several charges of historic sex offences. They include alleged sexual assaults at a swimming pool in Ballarat in the 1970s and at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s. However, Magistrate Belinda Wallington struck out many of the charges against Cardinal Pell. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been released on bail. The barrister representing Cardinal Pell will seek to have each charge dealt with by a separate trial.

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MELBOURNE MAGISTRATES’ COURT, CATHOLIC CHURCH

Wilson confident she can defeat Bauer Media appeal over payout

Original article by Broede Carmody
The Age – Page: 5 : 20-Apr-18

Bauer Media is challenging the size of its payout to actress Rebel Wilson after a Victorian jury found in 2017 that it had defamed her. Justice John Dixon awarded Wilson damages of $A4.5 million, which Bauer is now contesting in the Court of Appeal. Media is not challenging the judgment, but only the amount, which it claims is "manifestly excessive". It is also contesting Justice Dixon’s finding that Wilson should be compensated for roles she claims to have missed out on because of its actions, claiming that there was insufficient evidence on this issue.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, COURT OF APPEAL (VICTORIA), FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Wilson, Bauer quibble over costs

Original article by Adam Cooper
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 16 : 9-Mar-18

The Supreme Court of Victoria has been told that a cost consultant has estimated that Bauer Media should be liable for about $A1.12m of the legal costs incurred by Hollywood star Rebel Wilson in a lengthy defamation lawsuit. Wilson’s legal costs arising from the case were around $A1.4m in total, and she is seeking to recover $A1.3m in costs from Bauer, in addition to the $A4.56m in damages it was ordered to pay after losing the defamation case.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA