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Ex-principal wins damages for Facebook hate page

By court reporter Candice Marcus

http://www.abc.net.au/news/

Dec 20

The former principal of an outback school has been awarded damages of $40,000 over a defamatory Facebook page created by parents of her students.

The hate page was set up in 2010 by the parents of two Coober Pedy Area School students and a former student of Gepps Cross High School about both schools' former principal, Sue Burtenshaw.

The civil claim has now been finalised, with Adelaide Magistrates Court awarding the maximum sum its jurisdiction allows.

Ms Burtenshaw's lawyer Carey Goodall said it was a pleasing outcome.

"I think this is an indication that if people choose to post defamatory comments on social media, such as Facebook, then the courts will, in appropriate cases, award damages to those who choose to do that," he said.

"My client will be very pleased to put all this behind her."

Magistrate Bill Morris said it was clear Ms Burtenshaw was a passionate and dedicated teacher whose reputation was damaged by the defamatory remarks.

"I am satisfied that prior to the publication of the defamatory material the plaintiff had a sound personal reputation and an enviable professional reputation as a school principal. Consequently I am satisfied that the imputations of the subject defamatory postings are untrue," he said. 

"I am satisfied that the plaintiff and her family have suffered personally from public odium in the local community at Coober Pedy. I am satisfied that the defamatory publication of the defendant, in its context of the other postings of a like defamatory kind, contributed to the unjust and unfair decision of the employer to suspend the plaintiff from the position as principal.

"I am satisfied that the injury to personal reputation in the community at Coober Pedy and amongst the plaintiff's colleagues would have been significant.

"I take into account that there would have been a very high level of interest in the local community of some 3,000 people. I note that in the postings it was said that there were 177 persons registered as members of the account that have a close interest. But this is not an indication of the number of person that viewed the posted materials.

"The fact that Ms Knueppel [the mother] used the publication via a Facebook format and the ease of access and republication should be taken into account as a factor that aggravates the award of compensatory damages.

"I am satisfied that Ms Knueppel intended to actually cause the hurt and humiliation which I am satisfied was caused."

Magistrate Morris said Ms Kneuppel did not file a defence to the action and deliberately absented herself from the court proceedings, so he entered a default judgment in favour of Ms Burtenshaw.

In addition to the $40,000 compensation Ms Kneuppel was also ordered to pay Ms Burtenshaw's legal costs.

Other parts of the legal proceedings were previously settled out of court on terms that included an apology.

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Drilling to commence at major new South Australian base metals discovery in January 2013

Highlights      

    Intense exploration program at Marree Project in South Australia

identifies numerous new base-metal gossans

    Gossans are within recently discovered 8km x 10km silver-lead-zinc

anomaly and are to be focus of drilling program in early January 2013

    Heritage clearance of first ten drill sites underway

    Additional drill targets expected to be identified from soil and

gravity surveys

    Preliminary results from surface geochemistry and geophysics support

gossan trends

    Drill rig mobilised pre-Christmas for early start in new-year

 

Diversified Australian exploration company Cauldron Energy Limited (ASX:

CXU) (“Cauldron” or “the Company”) will commence drilling at its

recently discovered 8km x 10km silver-lead-zinc anomaly (refer ASX

announcement dated 17 October 2012), within the Marree Project in South

Australia, in early January 2013.

 

This drilling program, the first ever on the significant base-metals

anomaly, follows the identification of numerous base-metal gossons from a

recent intensive exploration program. This program included geological

mapping, surface soil and rock-chip sampling and a ground gravity survey.

 

Preliminary results have been received and were used to fast-track the

definition of drill targets within the project. Drilling is expected to

commence in the first week of January, 2013, with heritage clearance of the

first ten drill sites being completed this coming week.

 

Exploration has identified outcropping gossans anomalous in base metals.

The anomalism of outcropping gossans have been initially tested using

hand-held XRF machines, with physical (wet) geochemical test results

expected back from laboratories in the next two weeks.

 

Soil geochemical and gravity surveys are still being conducted. Preliminary

results suggest anomalous trends, some coincident with defined gossans,

exist and will result in the definition of additional drill targets for

drilling early in 2013.

 

To assist in the early definition of drill targets, soil samples collected

have been routinely tested in-field. In addition to field testing, all

samples will be sent to independent laboratory for analysis and validation.

These results are expected late January 2013.

 

About the Marree Base Metal Discovery

The Marree Uranium Project, located 550 km north of Adelaide, comprises

five granted Exploration Licences covering 2,571 km in the Eromanga Basin,

adjacent to the uranium-rich Mount Babbage Inlier. In addition to the

recent base-metal discovery, the project area includes the Tertiary Eyre

and Namba Formations, host to several sedimentary roll-front uranium

occurrences including the Beverley and Honeymoon Well uranium deposits, and

the recently discovered high grade uranium mineralisation at Beverley Four

Mile. Project highlights include:- · Farm in and Joint Venture agreement

signed with Korean Consortium. · First Korean government investment in an

Australian uranium project. · Korean consortium: government-owned Korea

Resources Corporation with Daewoo and LG International. · $6.2 million

over three years, to sole fund exploration at Marree ($4.9 million spent to

date).

 

Base metal mineralisation is located in Proterozoic aged Adelaidian

sediments within the Curnomona Province. Within the Marree Project,

previous geological interpretation had these units covered by more recent

sediments that are more favourable for sandstone hosted uranium

mineralisation (e.g. Beverley and 4-Mile Uranium Deposits).

 

The Company has determined outcropping Proterozoic units, favourable for

base metal mineralisation, are much more extensive than previously

believed. Although most of the rocks are extremely weathered and possibly

altered, recently completed geophysics supports this theory (Figures 1 and

2).

 

Within the Marree Project, there are several silver-lead-zinc-copper

prospects that were identified and mined in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Some

of these prospects indicate multiple lodes over several hundred metres

strike. They appear as small scale operations with exceptional metal tenor

(Table 1).

 

The majority of these samples are relatively fresh and contain visible

sulphide mineralisation. Within these areas, quartz veining is extensive,

with mineralisation associated with both veining and the host sandstones.

 

Two main areas of historical workings appear to border the northern and

southern margins of the anomalous area. Between these two prospects there

exists thin recent sand cover over extremely weathered and altered

Proterozoic Adelaidian sediments. Both veining and iron rich gossans (some

displaying remnant sulphide minerals) are abundant.

 

Rock-chips taken away from the historical workings are deeply weathered and

leached of most minerals and metals. In such terrain, lead is the metal

most resistant to leaching, with results of greater than 100 ppm considered

very significant. Of 118 samples taken, 53 contained lead (Pb) at greater

than 100 ppm; another 13 were geological samples, specifically not testing

for mineralisation.

 

These assay results indicate a classic base metal signature of

Pb-Zn-S-As-Au-Cd-Ag-Sb. Gold appears as a good accessory mineral (up to

1.72 g/t Au) to the base metals. Copper was noted in the field and tested

up to 1.88% Cu, however its distribution and relationship with the

silver-lead-zinc mineralisation could not be correlated.


 


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