I must admit to being in awe of those in the Public Service.
A Comcare ( Worker's Compo ) case has been winding it's way through the courts over the last 6 years.
From the Guardian Aus, a Newspaper dedicated to going broke, but which publishes today a landmark decision by their Honours and Honouresses.
A few titbits from the ruling.
Six years after a light fitting fell on her during sex while on a work trip, an Australian government employee's claim for worker's compensation has been rejected by the highest court in the land.
The woman took a male friend to the motel room her employer had booked for her in a regional town. While they were having sex a glass light fitting was pulled from its mounting and fell on her head.
The woman suffered injuries to her nose and mouth, and a later psychological injury. She lodged a claim with Comcare, the workers' compensation agency for employees of the federal government.I would urge all ASF members to be very careful if indulging with Commonwealth Public servants, lest they end up , in the High Court.In previous cases the courts had ruled that injuries within "an overall period or episode of work" could be covered by worker's compensation if the employer had "induced or encouraged" the employee to "spend that interval or interlude at a particular place or in a particular way".
But in a majority ruling of the high court, chief justice French and justices Hayne, Crennan and Kiefel's view of these cases meant the fact the woman was encouraged to be at the motel was not enough to permit her claim.
The court was split on the decision, with five judges agreeing and two in dissent. Justices Bell and Gageler would have allowed the compensation claim.