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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

We have lift off!

Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay in posting - it's been a wild week.

Well, I went to the directions hearing at VCAT on Monday. The hospital's lawyer asked for my complaint to remain 'struck out' because it was frivolous. Naturally I argued against that and the deputy president agreed that the complaint had enough merit to justify a full hearing! The hearing date has been set for 27th October this year.

In the meantime, I need to file the particulars of my complaint, next month there will be mediation (that should be interesting!), then witness statements get filed.

While I got the outcome I was hoping for, I did find the whole process very disempowering. The deputy president asked the hospital's lawyer to explain what the case was about, rather than me! I was given very little opportunity to speak which I found extremely frustrating. And again I was told that smoking is not 'an attribute acknowledged under the Equal Opportunity Act' - however the deputy president did listen to one of my three arguments regarding this. A number of legal points were raised which I need to investigate. I think that I may need to hire a lawyer - even just for a few sessions - to check out some of the legal details - so watch out for a legal fundraising campaign to start on my Facebook site this weekend...

The campaign for freedom and fairness lives to fight another day!


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