This is a rare case where words were added into legislation7. A stonemason contracted accelerated silicosis and later depression caused by that disease. Proceedings for a ‘personal injury that is a dust-related condition’ are fast-tracked due to the low life expectancy of sufferers8. Did he have to maintain separate proceedings for his depression? – ‘no’.
Bowskill J (at ) added words to the provision so it read – ‘personal injury that is or results from a dust-related condition’. A literal reading would defeat the purpose; there was a drafting error; the substance of what parliament would have done was clear; and the change to be made was not ‘too far reaching’9.
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8 s 6(3)(b) of the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (Qld).