Australian Sports Law

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Australian Sports Law Introduction Australian sports law is grounded in the principles of "Natural Justice" to ensure procedural fairness. Nevertheless, the sports tribunals' ability to hold hearings and make determinations without allowing athletes the benefit of legal counsel is troublesome. Clearly, the process often involves valuable rights which should be asserted and preserved by knowledgeable, zealous legal counsel at the first opportunity. The single difference between the Waverley and Nagle cases shows how issues that are vitally important to an individual can turn on a single fact; consequently, while Waverley and Nagle did not involve sports tribunals, they do show the importance of paying careful attention to facts, which also applies to sports tribunals. Finally, the inclusion of women in sports, particularly Golf, is a natural outgrowth of anti-discrimination laws and progressive Australian attitudes create fertile ground for further attempts by women to compete with men. Part A: The Natural Justice Process in Sports Tribunals Sports disputes fall into two general categories: external and internal. External sporting disputes are handled in a state Court system and generally include: "contract or tort; intellectual property; trade practices and competition; criminal law; taxation; broadcasting and media; and other statutory-based disputes" (Bellamy & Hayes, 2007, pp. 5-6). Internal sporting disputes are normally handled by sports tribunals and deal with
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