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A Goldfields man who repeatedly groped a woman on a Qantas flight last year walked from court yesterday with a fine and a spent conviction after a guilty plea. Kevin Eric Davidson, 50, pleaded guilty to indecent assault at Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court. Davidson was arrested on a Qantas flight at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport in November after he grabbed the 35-year-old woman’s thigh multiple times despite repeated protests to stop. The court heard the flight had been delayed and in the four-hour wait Davidson had become extremely intoxicated. Defence lawyer Carmel McKenzie sad the offence was out of character for Davidson as he was not a frequent drinker and had no criminal record. “He has very limited recollection of the incident and is extremely apologetic,” she said. “In March as the lockdown occurred, Mr Davidson referred himself … to seek alcohol counselling. “He hasn’t been able to engage because effectively from the lockdown time he returned to his employment in a biosecurity zone … however he has indicated that he will, once the opportunity arises, he will take up that counselling.” Ms McKenzie urged the court to apply a spent conviction to the offence given a charge of indecent assault without context would hinder his employment and entrance to the Aboriginal communities he worked in. Police prosecutor Sen. Const. Matthew Hallsworth opposed the spent conviction given the repeated actions of Davidson and discomfort they caused. But Magistrate Erin O’Donnell found it unjust to penalise Davidson with more than a fine. Ms O’Donnell agreed to a spent conviction and issued a $1200 fine.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots and Surveillance Australia Pty Ltd have a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) to resolve before Commissioner Hampton in chambers in Adelaide.

Roxby Downs Club Inc is facing a s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) before Deputy President Mansini (by telephone) in Melbourne (Whitmore).

A s.160 (Variation of modern award to remove ambiguity or uncertainty or correct error) application by the Australian Hotels Association has been agreed by Deputy President Masson, Deputy President Young and Commissioner Lee.

The Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand has Donna Brooke as its new President.

A s.604 (Appeal of decisions) by Qantas Airways Limited against a previous decision favouring Mathew Mazzitelli has been rejected by Vice President Hatcher, Deputy President Gostencnik, Deputy President Colman and Deputy President Saunders.

A s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) by Mr Bhupinder Singh Balagan against Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Pty Ltd has been rejected by Deputy President Millhouse in Melbourne on 3 June 2020.

A s.394 (Unfair dismissal) application from Angelo Tancredi citing Gymnastics Western Australia Inc T/A Gymnastics Western Australia has been rejected by Deputy President Binet in Perth on 1 June 2020.