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NEW SOUTH WALES SUPREME COURT CITATION: Russell v The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Sydney & Anor [2007] NSWSC 104 This decision has been amended. Please see the end of the judgment for a list of the amendments. JURISDICTION: Supreme Court FILE NUMBER(S): 20021/2005 HEARING DATE{S): 6 March 2006, 7 March 2006, 8 March 2006, 9 March 2006, 10 March 2006, 14 March 2006 JUDGMENT DATE: 19 February 2007 PARTIES: P: Russell, David D1:The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Sydney D2: His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, AC JUDGMENT OF: Rothman J LOWER COURT JURISDICTION: Not Applicable LOWER COURT FILE NUMBER(S): Not Applicable LOWER COURT JUDICIAL OFFICER: Not Applicable COUNSEL: P: JJ Garnsey QC, RC Titterton D1: RM Smith SC, AB Gotting D2: RM Smith SC, AB Gotting SOLICITORS: D1: S Price (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) D2: S Price (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) CATCHWORDS: EMPLOYMENT – contract of employment – implied duty of good faith – implied duty on employer not, without proper or reasonable cause, to conduct itself in a manner calculated or likely to destroy or seriously damage the relationship of confidence and trust between the parties – employer’s right to dismiss where reasonable risk of damage to children in its care. DAMAGES – reasonable damages in mitigation – costs of proceedings in Industrial Relations Commission – not available as reasonable expenses in mitigation of
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damage from wrongful dismissal. LEGISLATION CITED: Employment Rights Act 1996 (UK) Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) Roman Catholic Church Trust Property Act 1936 (NSW) CASES CITED: Addis v Gramophone [1909] AC 488 Attorney General for New South Wales v Perpetual Trustee Company (1952) 85 CLR 237 Baltic Shipping v Dillon (1993) 176 CLR 344 Blackadder v Ramsay Butchering (2005) 221 CLR 539 Blaikie v South Australian Superannuation Board (1995) 65 SASR 85 Blyth Chemicals v Bushnell (1933) 49 CLR 66 BP Refinery (Westernport) v Hastings Shire Council (1977) 180 CLR 266 Briginshaw v Briginshaw (1938) 60 CLR 336 Bropho v Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2004) 135 FCR 105 Burazin v Blacktown City Guardian (1996) 142 ALR 144 Byrne v Australian Airlines (1995) 185 CLR 410 Coco v The QueenCodelfa Construction v SRA (1982) 149 CLR 337 Concut v Worrell (2000) 75 ALJR 312 Delaney v Staples [1992] 1 AC 687 Easling v Mahoney Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd [2001] SASC 22 Eastwood v Magnox Electric plc, McCabe v Cornwall County Council [2004] 3 All ER 991 [2005] 1 AC 503 Electrolux Home Products v AWU (2004) 221 CLR 309 English and Scottish Mercantile Investment Co Ltd v Brunton [1892] 2 QB 700 Esso Australia Resources v Southern Pacific Petroleum [2005] VSCA 228 Fox v Wood (1981) 148 CLR 438 George Wimpey & Co Ltd v British Overseas Airways CorporationGeyer v Downs (1977) 138 CLR 91 Gifford v Strang Patrick Stevedoring Pty Limited (2003) 214 CLR 269
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