Ep 37: Steinway in Rubbish Tip, Anti-Hoon Legislation, Oxford Commas, ACTU Controversy

A Steinway piano valued at up to $80,000 has been found in a rubbish tip in Western Australia. It was retrieved by a trio of enterprising musicians, but now its original owner wants it back. According to property law, who now owns the Steinway?

Victoria has some of the country’s toughest anti-hoon legislation. Offenders’ cars can be impounded, and even forfeited to the Crown for destruction. David and Ron discuss Victoria’s anti-hoon legislation, and the difference between a preliminary, and an evidentiary, breath test.

Sometimes court orders and legal directives can hinge precariously on the pedantic interpretation of grammar and punctuation. A case in the United States was recently decided on the placement of an Oxford Comma in what the judge described as “confusing” legislation. David and Ron discuss the parallels of this case with decisions made in Australia, and why we have actual legislation which tells us how to interpret legislation.

And the new Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus said in an interview last week, she doesn’t have a problem with workers breaking industrial relations law “when the laws are unjust”. Do you think it’s okay to break the law, if you perceive the law to be unjust?

All this and more in this week’s instalment of Prima Facie.

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