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Stamp out claim farming now Stamp out claim farming now

Published on 25 June 2018: An investigation has revealed that some injury law firms have been engaging in an unethical practice that has been dubbed "claim farming". This practice comprises a client’s best interests, and a swift legislative response from government is needed.

Injured parties need to know about critical time limits for personal injury claims Injured parties need to know about critical time limits for personal injury claims

Published on 20 June 2018: Plaintiffs are sometimes unaware of the time limits to bring personal injury claims and find out all too late, with claims statute barred unless they can convince a court it is just and reasonable to grant them an extension of time to bring their claim.

Abuse apology more effective with compensation Abuse apology more effective with compensation

Published on 20 June 2018: The announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week that he will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse is most welcome, but an apology will be more effective when coupled with compensation.

National apology to sexual abuse survivors National apology to sexual abuse survivors

Published on 13 June 2018: The Prime Minister has announced he will make a national apology to survivors of abuse on 22 October. The PM said the National Redress Scheme would have a "relatively low threshold" for survivors to apply for redress.

Changes to long service leave entitlements Changes to long service leave entitlements

Published on 12 June 2018: Changes to long service leave entitlements have recently been debated in parliament with the Long Service Leave Bill receiving royal assent on 8 May 2018.

How an injured cyclist changed TAC law How an injured cyclist changed TAC law

Published on 08 June 2018: Legislation was yesterday introduced by the Andrews Victorian Government closing a loophole which the TAC had used to refuse compensation to injured cyclists. This welcome reform will change the lives of many injured cyclists.

Child sex abuse. Time to take stock Child sex abuse. Time to take stock

Published on 07 June 2018: What has happened to the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission’s recommendations? Have governments and religious institutions given up on it? We offer an update on progress made in implementing the recommendations, including the National Redress Scheme.

Compensation for injury resulting from a road rage incident Compensation for injury resulting from a road rage incident

Published on 06 June 2018: Injury resulting from an act of violence – including a road rage incident – will usually be entitled to crimes compensation under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic), and may even be entitled to compensation under the TAC scheme.

Reverse cameras and sensors significantly reduce risk of involvement in pedestrian crash Reverse cameras and sensors significantly reduce risk of involvement in pedestrian crash

Published on 05 June 2018: A recent Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) study found that vehicles fitted with a reversing camera are 41% less likely to be involved in a back over crash (where a pedestrian or cyclist is struck by a reversing vehicle).

Wage theft could be made a crime soon in Victoria Wage theft could be made a crime soon in Victoria

Published on 01 June 2018: Proposed new anti “wage theft” laws proposed by the Andrews Government may make it faster, cheaper and easier for employees to pursue their claims against employers and creates a disincentive for employers to underpay their staff in the first place.

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