The story is not about the incredible use of our taxpayer funds enforced by the Federal Court, but about the fact that this Beau Abela chap seems to have become a car thief.
He’s the boy who sued Victoria and won, because he left school unable to read.
But, despite a secret private payout and a free car, Beau Abela has turned to a life of crime, complaining he can’t get work.
Abela, now 22, sued the Education Department for $300,000 in 2007 for failing to teach him properly. He said he couldn’t get an apprenticeship because he lacked life skills such as using a bus timetable, reading a menu or counting money.
After eight years of litigation Abela last year reached a near million-dollar private settlement with the government. . . .
Signing off on the agreement, Federal Court judge Anthony North said Abela’s story was unfortunate.
‘The unfortunate situation of Beau, a citizen of Victoria, with very considerable learning difficulties, is something that should be addressed by a sympathetic State,’ he said.
‘He has had a very unfortunate education experience and is in a position where he needs assistance to develop whatever capacities he has.’
It is, of course, excellent that the Federal Court is filled with such compassionate and far-seeing judges who are able to bring a million dollar’s worth of justice to someone without the life skills to read a bus map but who is, nevertheless, still capable of stealing cars.