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Unformatted text preview: SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA Not Restricted COMMON LAW DIVISION No. 6972 of 1999 GEOFFREY R. RANKIN Plaintiff v MARINE POWER INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD (ABN 003 100 007) Defendant--- JUDGE : Gillard J WHERE HELD : Melbourne DATE OF HEA.R.ING : 18-20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 April and 1-4, 7 and 8 May 2001 DATE OF JUDGMENT : 21 May 2001 CASE MAY BE CITED AS : Rankin v Marine Power International Pty Ltd MEDIUM NEUTRAL CITATION : [2001] VSC 150--- E MPLOYER – employee – common law claim for wrongful dismissal – proper notice of 12 months required – no justification for dismissal without notice – allegations of misconduct, failure to comply with reasonable directions and negligence not made out to justify dismissal – condonation of alleged wrong not established – entitled to Long Service Leave pursuant to Statute on total salary – not entitled to compensation under Bonus Scheme.--- APPEARANCES : Counsel Solicitors For the Plaintiff Mr R. Tracey QC with Mr D. Murphy A.S. Macken & Co SC:EB 1 For the Defendant Mr M. Dreyfus QC with Ms M. Young Anderson Rice SC:EB 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Parties....................................................................................................................................................4 Nature and History of Dispute............................................................................................................5 Issues......................................................................................................................................................8 Facts.......................................................................................................................................................9 Nature and Terms of the Contract of Employment........................................................................34 Period of Notice...................................................................................................................................37 Summary Dismissal?..........................................................................................................................41 Condonation........................................................................................................................................62 Right to Entitlements.........................................................................................................................65 Damages..............................................................................................................................................66 A. Damages for Inadequate Notice................................................................................................66 B. Accrued Annual Leave..............................................................................................................67B....
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