South Australia

  • Proposed drug driving law unfair and not supported by science

    8th Sep 2021

    Proposed new drug driving laws in SA are not fair to drivers who can lose their license for taking prescribed cannabis with no evidence of impaired driving, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

  • SA workers’ compensation revisions remain concerning

    25th Aug 2021

    Revisions to the South Australian workers’ compensation Impairment Assessment Guidelines gazetted yesterday are an improvement on the changes originally proposed, but lawyers remain concerned that some changes were made despite strong objections.

  • Proposed changes to workers comp laws will lead to more disputes and legal action

    21st Jul 2021

    Proposed changes to the state’s workers’ compensation laws will disadvantage injured workers and mean workers are more likely to have to fight through the tribunal and courts to receive compensation, say lawyers.

  • Badly injured SA workers to be hit hard by proposed changes to workers comp laws

    22nd Jun 2021

    Injured workers in South Australia will be badly affected by proposed changes to the workers’ compensation laws which are being made without proper scrutiny, say lawyers.

  • SA harassment report shows cultural reform urgently needed

    27th Apr 2021

    The Equal Opportunity Commission’s review of harassment in the legal profession in South Australia is a sobering reminder that the legal profession still has a long way to go to address sexual harassment in the workplace, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

  • Medicinal cannabis driving bill removes injustice

    3rd Feb 2021

    Current drug driving laws are not fair to drivers who can lose their license for taking prescribed cannabis when there is no evidence of impaired driving, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) in response to the Road Traffic (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment
    Bill 2021
    being introduced into parliament in South Australia today. 

  • SA abortion laws outdated: Politicians urged to accept SA Law Reform Institute recommendations

    6th Dec 2019

    Recommendations to reform outdated abortion laws, made by the South Australian Law Reform Institute in a report released this week, have been welcomed by the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) in SA.

  • Fines for South Australian driving offences jump by up to 500%

    22nd Aug 2019

    Danielle Harris discusses the drastic increases in fines for driving offences in South Australia and questions whether the impetus for these changes is to raise revenue to address the budgetary dilemma currently facing the South Australian Government.

  • Investigation reports and litigation privilege in motor vehicle accidents: Douglas v Morgan [2019] SASCFC 76

    15th Aug 2019

    Natasha Budimski outlines the recent Supreme Court of SA decision Douglas v Morgan & Ors. This case directly challenged the ability of CTP insurers to assert legal professional privilege over investigation reports obtained early on in a motor vehicle accident claim, and ultimately make determinations on liability based on those reports.

  • Appearing before the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) – What you may need to know

    25th Jul 2019

    Information and issues to consider when preparing to face an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation in SA.

  • Drivers lose out in insurance shake-up

    18th Jul 2019

    The SA State Government’s recent rejection of a number of recommendations made by a parliamentary review into SA’s compulsory third party (CTP) scheme is bad news for injured motorists.

  • Government response to CTP review fails SA motorists

    28th Jun 2019

    The government has failed car accident victims in SA by refusing to accept many of the recommendations from the review of the state’s CTP scheme.

  • Regional justice under threat

    16th May 2019

    With the South Australian justice system facing further funding cuts in the upcoming June budget, Amy Nikolovski explains why regional court services must be protected.

  • Lawyers urge SA government to implement fairer compensation scheme for injured motorists

    13th Mar 2019

    Lawyers in SA are calling on the state government to urgently adopt recommendations that will provide fairer compensation to people injured in car accidents.

  • Injured South Australians at risk after MAC CTP claims transferred to Berkshire Hathaway

    15th Dec 2018

    Plaintiff lawyers in South Australia say the transfer of the Motor Accident Commission’s CTP claims back book has put injured South Australians at risk.

  • Privatising workers comp puts SA workers’ rights up for sale

    23rd Feb 2017

    Handing control of the South Australian workers compensation scheme to private insurers would prioritise insurer profits ahead of injured workers’ rights, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.

  • How the chemotherapy under dosing highlights a lack of compassion

    14th Jul 2016

    The recent chemotherapy under dosing bungle in two South Australian hospitals has highlighted significant flaws in the way that victims of medical negligence are often treated. This is particularly concerning as the hospitals involved are publicly funded and have a mandated policy of open disclosure specifically for situations like this.

  • Lawyers call for independent inquiry into SA chemotherapy under-dosing

    10th Jun 2016

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) have today called for an independent inquiry into incidents of chemotherapy under-dosing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

  • Return to work and the police – a positive reform

    16th Feb 2016

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance welcomes the partial restoration of rights to ongoing income support and medical expenses for police officers who are injured in the line of duty and who have not been able to return to work within two years of their injury.

  • CTP review must happen before MAC privatisation

    8th Dec 2015

    The SA Law Society and Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) have expressed grave concern that next year’s compulsory review of the CTP scheme will be a meaningless exercise unless it is conducted before the planned privatisation of the CTP scheme.

  • Commonwealth should scrutinise alleged SA child abuse

    24th Jul 2014

    The South Australian Government should invite the Commonwealth Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to investigate allegations of abuse in that state, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.

  • Govt should compensate industrial contamination zone victims

    18th Jul 2014

    State authorities should compensate residents and property owners who have been adversely affected by the industrial contamination testing zone in Adelaide, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.

  • The bitter taste of WorkCover SA

    17th Jul 2014

    Renowned nationally for its battered financial status, inadequate benefits to workers and long delays, it’s time to consider a new scheme for injured workers in South Australia, writes Patrick Boylen, SA President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. 

  • Changes to Motor Accident Commission at cost to SA rights

    20th Jun 2014

    Changes to the Motor Accident Commission may rob South Australians injured in motor accidents of adequate support, the Australian Lawyers Alliance said today.

  • South Australian conference highlights workers comp

    20th Jun 2014

    The ALA's South Australian conference will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide on Friday. Featuring Deputy Premier John Rau as keynote, Mr Rau will address the failings of South Australia's workers compensation scheme. The ALA continues to call for a fundamental overhaul of the scheme.

  • Planned SA WorkCover overhaul benefits injured

    28th Jun 2013

    “Industrial Relations Minister John Rau’s announcement today to pay out long-term SA WorkCover injury victims is likely to facilitate better health outcomes for such workers and is a long overdue development,” Australian Lawyers Alliance SA President, Patrick Boylen, said.

  • Xenophon to voice concerns about SA CTP at ALA conference

    12th Jun 2013

    Senator Nick Xenophon is one of several high profile speakers to address the Australian Lawyers Alliance South Australian Conference on Friday as part of a program focussing on recent changes to South Australia’s CTP scheme.

  • SA victims’ rights sacrificed for road works

    6th Jun 2013

    “Since March 2012 the SA government has led the public to believe that the CTP scheme needed to be reformed to ensure its financial viability into the future. The 2013 SA Budget has shown that the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has a healthy surplus and the SA government has wasted no time in helping itself to the surplus,” ALA SA President Patrick Boylen said today.

  • ALA applauds SA joining NDIS

    18th Apr 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance today congratulated South Australia on becoming the second state to unite with the federal government on the state-wide roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

  • ALA applauds criminal appeals review process

    21st Mar 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance today commended the South Australian Government for its initiative and vision in bringing about a new review process for criminal convictions with fresh and compelling evidence upon which to base further enquiry.

  • ALA applauds rejection of Police Costs Bill (SA)

    29th Nov 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance applauds the Upper House Independent Members and the Liberal Party for standing up, yet again, for the rights of the innocent.

  • Legal community welcomes review of SA CTP scheme

    26th Nov 2012

    Australian and state peak legal bodies, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the SA Law Society, are welcoming the SA CTP insurance White Paper report by SA Treasurer Jack Snelling, but warned administrative review was crucial to success of any such scheme.

  • Over 20 per cent of large law firm's internet data is infiltrated

    27th Oct 2012

    “Most lawyers have a high level of confidential information on their computers, yet a survey of the profession, last year, found that 21% of all large law firms and 15% of other firms suffered a security breach in that time,” solicitor and consulting ethicist, Neil Watt, told the Australian Lawyers Alliance conference in Adelaide today.

  • David Manne among dignitaries at ALA National Conference

    22nd Oct 2012

    David Manne, the lawyer who dashed federal government’s plans to process asylum seekers in Malaysia, is one of several dignitaries presenting at this year’s Australian Lawyers Alliance National Conference in Glenelg, South Australia this week.

  • SA WorkCover’s $4 million blow-out

    17th Oct 2012

    A significant deterioration in South Australian WorkCover’s performance has resulted in unfunded liabilities increasing from $1.billion to $1.4 billion the Auditor-General’s report tabled in parliament, yesterday, reveals.

  • ALA calls for independent prisons inspectorate

    18th Jun 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance has expressed concern about the case of a woman handcuffed to a South Australian prison bed for up to 20 hours a day.

  • ALA critical at second attempt to erode rights by SA government

    18th Jun 2012

    “The attempt by the South Australian Labour Government to again erode the right to be awarded costs in claims in prosecutions, which fail in summary hearings, shows disregard for the parliamentary process,” Australian Lawyers Alliance South Australian President, Tony Kerin, said.

  • Call for inquiry into impact of no-fault insurance schemes

    16th Jun 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance is calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into no fault schemes and the impact of such schemes on the lives of injury victims, following the presentations of keynote speakers and panel experts at its SA Conference in Glenelg yesterday.

  • ALA calls for inquiry into South Australia's CTP Scheme

    4th May 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance is calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the South Australian Government’s planned CTP Scheme changes amid fears that an existing, fully-functional, fault-based scheme, currently delivering to the state’s road injured, is being sacrificed to force-fit the state into a national injury, no-fault insurance scheme, which may not deliver.