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  1. 1. NEWS 25 Dollar Anger over Complaint: Alicia Gali says she wasn’t warned that her rape claims could lead to cripples exports rape advice her being sent to jail. Kelmeny Fraser EXPORTERS are calling for government intervention to deflate the strong Australian dollar in a desperate attempt to stop tumbling profits. New lawsuit targets Australia Radical suggestions by major Queensland exporters include more aggressive tac- Kay Dibben Ms Gali contacted an Aust- tics by the Reserve Bank to Crime ralian consular officer, tell- moderate the mighty rise of ing her that she had been the dollar against other A QUEENSLAND woman drugged and raped and did currencies or a cap on the who is suing the luxury not know whether she amount of movement of the United Arab Emirates resort should go to hospital. dollar in any one year – a where she claims she was Flashback: The Sunday Ms Gali claims the female proposal that could signal drugged and raped by Mail’s earlier coverage. officer told her if drugs were a return to a fixed exchange co-workers is trying to sue detected in her system, she rate. the Commonwealth of Aus- could face life imprisonment. Economists say the pro- tralia. given leave to bring a However she says she was posal would mean pumping Alicia Gali, 29, claims a Queensland claim against Le not warned that a rape piles of cash into the market to consular officer in Dubai, Meridien Al Aqah Beach complaint could lead to moderate the dollar, with po- from whom she sought ad- Resort, Fujairah, where she her being jailed for tentially little effect, or wind- vice, never told her that by worked as a salon manager. adultery. ing the clock back decades. complaining to police she She claims that in June Ms Gali’s Supreme But exporters struggling to risked being sent to jail. 2008, she was raped by three Court application to survive the crippling effects of Ms Gali spent eight or four male employees at bring a claim against a dollar valued at $US1.06 said months in jail for adultery the resort’s staff quarters, the Commonwealth of the volatility of the market and drinking alcohol with- after consuming part of a Australia will be was killing many Queensland out a permit. drink in the staff bar. heard in Brisbane on industries. In March, Ms Gali, who Lawyer Michelle James, of Tuesday, three days has suffered depression and Maurice Blackburn, said in a before expiry of the High Drama experienced flashbacks, was statement that a distressed limitation period. AGENDA P55-57 Keep tabs on your money. Customised SMS updates $0 monthly account fees Ask how with our Complete Freedom Transaction Account With our Complete Freedom Transaction Account you get SMS updates that you can customise to inform you of a low balance, when direct debit payments are withdrawn, when your salary is deposited and more. Plus $0 monthly fees when you deposit $2000 a month, like your salary. For details, contact us today. visit a branch 1300 851 340 SMS update alerts cost 25 cents. On a Complete Freedom Account the first 10 SMS update alerts each month are free. The monthly account service fee will be waived for each month in which you deposit at least $2000 into your account by the last business day of the month. Fees, terms and conditions apply. This information does not take your circumstances into account. Read the terms before making a decision. St.George Bank - A Division of Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL 233714 ACL 233714. SGBSDE0436_20x7_SM JUNE 5 2011 Page 25ST