Category Negotiation

Vaccination and the law – resolving disputes over medical treatments.

Did you know that Australian courts can order that a child be vaccinated or given other medical treatments, overruling the consent of one or both parents, and even overruling the child’s own refusal? Last week ABC’s Law Report host Damian Carrick and his guest, Professor Cameron Stewart of University of Sydney Law School looked at […]

Defining the dispute

I was recently asked my opinion on a dispute between members of a local association, who were unhappy about past committee decisions; and the association’s current committee members. As I asked questions about the dispute – how it arose, what they wanted to achieve from the mediation process, and who would participate – it became […]

Experiences of mediation; industrial and workplace negotiations

With the Abbott Coalition Government and Australian Workers’ Union leader Paul Howes using the Australian media to respond to the Fair Work Commission’s Modern Awards Review, industrial and workplace negotiation techniques are once again in the press. In January this year the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the state government settled […]

Local Miner lashes out.

Positions and Interests: mediation in WA over mining plant and equipment  Image from vanadiuminvestingnews.com Resource investment group Atlantic Ltd and Australian based mining company Mineral Resources Ltd (MRL) are headed for “contractual mediation” in relation to the “crushing, milling and beneficiation (CMB) plant” at Windimurra, WA. According to Atlantic, it has spent over $20 million […]

Towards Healing – 5 ways to improve the process for complainants.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (“the Commission”) has heard evidence from a man identified only as “DK” who participated in the Catholic Church’s Towards Healing process, together with Patrick Monahan, a solicitor representing Catholic Church Insurances Ltd (CCI) and Michael Salmon, director of the Church’s Professional Standards Office. The Commission […]

3 tips to prepare for mediation – not just for family law disputes!

Mediation is not just for divorcing couples and warring parents. From fencing disputes to workplace conflict, mediation is used to resolve disputes in almost any area of the law or human relations. You do not need to have filed court proceedings or engaged lawyers to have a mediator facilitate your discussions; in fact, many people […]

Fostering trust in mediation

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to Jerusalem to mediate the ongoing conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; but over half the Israelis polled earlier this month do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator (source: FOCUS News Agency). I have written before about the importance of truthfulness in mediation […]