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The Mosque Next Door - SBS TV Wednesday nights

MosqueI know very little about Islam and I'm not a fan of reality TV but I find the SBS documentary, The Mosque Next Door, a fascinating insight into the lives of some Australian muslims.

The mosque is in a Brisbane suburb, with a multicultural community of young and old, newcomers to Australia and others whose families have lived here for generations. The imam enjoys his cricket and barracks for Australia. Many of the challenges they face seem to be those that all religions face.

(The Mosque Next Door on SBS over a few Wednesday nights)

Emoji willWills in a digital age? Unsent text message held to be a will

The Supreme Court in Queensland recently held that an unsent text message operated as a will ( Re Nichol; Nichol v Nichol & Anor [2017] QSC 220). It is not clear whether this case would be followed in NSW.

The case involved two competing applications. One application was for a grant of letters of administration on intestacy (dying without a will) and the other application was for an unsent SMS on the deceased's mobile phone to be admitted to probate as a will.

This would have been complex and expensive litigation, with the costs coming out of the estate. It could have been avoided by making a will with a solicitor.

Please note that the image with this news item is not the SMS in the case and is not an example to follow.


Teacher awarded six-figure payout after being bullied by school principal

(See Sydney Morning Herald article by Pallavi Singhal 20 September 2017)

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