March 29, 2015 | 5 viewsAppeal court orders $6.7 mil against GP insurer for blinded patient delay

Nancy Mules, consulted GP Kaylene Ferguson, about neck pain on four occasions in September 2008. On the fourth visit on 25 September, Ferguson admitted her to the Cairns Private Hospital for investigation, including for a possibe meningitis infection and the next day the diagnosis was confirmed. Unfortunately by then debilitating consequences of the disease were unpreventable and among […]

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March 26, 2015 | 74 viewsPilot inexperience a potential factor in budget airline crashes

The current generation of low-cost carriers has created a new market in air travel. Air Asia in Malaysia; Ryanair & Germanwings in Europe; and Jetstar & Tiger in Australia are classic examples. But do the cheap fares offered by “no-frills” airlines – and the different standards implicit in their “low cost” business model – pose air safety risks for travellers? From the point of view of the safety […]

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March 24, 2015 | 53 viewsATO fends off fanciful claims to clawback tax debt

A taxpayer has sued the Taxation Commissioner for $450k as a result of his failure to accept a $1.00 “Bill of Exchange” to settle a $97k tax assessment. It’s just one of the adventurous devices that creative taxpayers have used in recent times to challenge conventional tax assessments. Phillip Atkinson received an income tax assessment […]

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March 21, 2015 | 36 viewsBlow by blow dry

The attraction was an easy-to-run, no-risk cash cow on the fringe of fashion and turning a reliable profit for an absentee owner. It turned out to be an unmitigated dud that never made a dollar and cost the investor the best part of $1 million in pain. Blow Dry Bar Franchising Pty Limited marketed lucrative opportunities – […]

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March 13, 2015 | 352 viewsWife wins reprieve on BOQ Cottontree repossession

A court ruled in December that Bank of Queensland could recover possession of two mortgaged Sunshine Coast properties supporting a personal guarantee given in favour of a family trust by owner Kym Schultz . As someone with no direct involvement with the principal transaction, she swore being unaware she could be liable for more than the […]

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