"Daniel's father is an Australian citizen and he is of Aboriginal descent, so we argue any attempt to deport him would be unlawful. If ever there was a case for the exercise of ministerial discretion, this is the case.” Rod Hodgson via @abcnews https://t.co/BKWe2vrixV
Can the courts be used to punish or prevent opposing points of view? Should a corporate bully be allowed to silence protest using the courts? What is the true cost of brown coal electricity and who ends up paying the price?
Dolphin treasure – Crown casino pokies case
In 2016 Maurice Blackburn launched landmark pro-bono legal action in the Federal Court that alleged Aristocrat and Crown Melbourne engaged in misleading or deceiving pokies players under the Australian Consumer Law and unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law. The legal action related to Aristocrat and Crown’s involvement in making an Electronic Gaming Machine, commonly known as a pokie machine, called Dolphin Treasure available for play at Crown Casino.
Ms Guy did not seek any monetary compensation in the case.
The case was unsuccessful, with the Federal Court finding that while poker machine design features are not legally misleading and deceptive, the full impacts of such features in fuelling gambling addiction remain unclear.
While we were unsuccessful on the legal arguments, what was accepted is that while poker machines look like the mechanical machines of old the reality of what actually happens to determine whether a gambler wins or loses when the button is pressed is actually something quite different.
In our view the decision provides an opportunity to review the regulations to ensure that the design of poker machines fits the reality of what the gambler sees and experiences.
Our case was never going to be able to take up this fight alone – tackling the scourge of pokies needs leadership to reverse the financial and human costs that come from gambling on the pokies.
The Maryborough Highland Society, headquartered 40km away from Castlemaine in a different shire, attempted to convert Castlemaine's historic Railway Goods Shed into a venue with 65 poker machines, tripling the number of pokies in town. This was an attempt to circumvent Council policy by leasing a building on State Government land that sits outside the local planning restrictions.
EPIC is a community organisation comprising over 1,500 people from a town of only 7,000, and includes a broad cross-section of the Castlemaine community - with local businesses, artists, the local psychiatrist, problem gamblers and their family and friends all involved.
VCAT handed down its orders on 14 February 2013. This was a significant win for EPIC and community groups throughout Australia.
“Disability in the workplace is more common that people think. Over 4 million people in Australia have some form of disability and employers should be mindful of their responsibilities to support employees who have a disability. It is against the law to discriminate against employees, or potential employees, on the basis of disability and employers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to enable people with a disability to perform their duties.” Sarah Atkinson, Principal and Chair of our Accessibility and Inclusion Committee. Disability Action Week runs from 9 to 15 September in Queensland to raise awareness of disability issues and empower people with a disability.
We believe pokies are misleading and deceptive. They are designed with tricks that encourage addiction, like the starving of the reels:
"Large segments of Australia's workforce and institutions have been exposed in recent years for appalling rates of sexual harassment, with common themes throughout: those affected feeling that they couldn't speak out, and those with the power to help failing to act."
Liberty Sanger, Principal and Board Member Maurice Blackburn, Chair Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Victoria
“Protecting and standing up for the vulnerable through our use of the legal system can help Australian communities come to terms with the injustices of the past and present. Through recognition and compensation, those in need can also find hope for the future. But the fight is far from over.” Jennifer Kanis, Head of Social Justice
“Human rights are for all of us, every day. Let’s make these rights real in our work and interactions and not forget that it is only when we have our rights breached that human rights have the most work to do.” Jacinta Lewin, Senior Associate, Social Justice Practice #HumanRightsDay
“If we are serious about addressing violence against women and children, we must also tackle the many key social issues facing women, including gender inequality. For too many women, inequalities persist throughout their life - from childhood, to entering the workforce, starting a family, and in retirement. We must set the standard now that all forms of inequality facing women, and the attitudes and treatment of women that this inequality creates, are unacceptable in modern Australia.” Liberty Sanger, Principal and Board Member Maurice Blackburn, Chair Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Victoria
Australia has officially said YES! Now let’s make it happen.
We have filed a pro-bono class action for people seeking asylum who were detained between August 2011 and July 2017. If you were detained in an Australian immigration detention centre during this time, we encourage you to register. http://bit.ly/2mlw4Th
We have filed a pro-bono class action on behalf of asylum seekers who we allege were unlawfully detained over the past six years.
"The points that we raise in our case have never been tested by the court," Jennifer Kanis said. "This case has potentially wide-ranging implications for the way Australia detains people who are seeking asylum." More information on our website: https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/…/unlawful-detention-o…/
Land is very sacred in Aboriginal culture. So when the NLC tried to build a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty without all the traditional owners’ consent, they fought for their right to be heard. https://www.facebook.com/MauriceBlackburnLawyers/videos/1732108537041722/
"Our current workplace structures are failing. We’ve got to restart the conversation about employers acting with integrity." @libertysanger
From equal wages for Aboriginal stockmen in 1966, to protecting Muckaty Station from becoming a nuclear waste dump in 2014, we are proud to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to address injustice. #ReconciliationWeek