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The latest in the Topless Hairstylists saga.
The Topless Hairdresser’s Association is celebrating a landmark case in the history of Australia.
A federal court has ordered a judge to hear the case of a man who was fined $1.2 million in the face of a criminal complaint that he unlawfully sold scissors and hairdressing tools to female customers in Melbourne’s inner-city CBD.
The man was convicted in October of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and supplying scissors and hairspray.
In December, the Federal Court struck down the conviction and ordered the case to be heard by a judge in the Northern Territory.
An appeal against that decision has been pending for a year.
“I’m thrilled,” said Tanya Breen, a ToplessHairstylers Association spokeswoman.
“I hope it helps them and others in the industry to make sure they don’t lose their jobs.”
The organisation is also calling for greater regulation of the industry.
There are currently two Australian states that ban sales of the scissors and the hairsprays, with New South Wales and Queensland having passed laws to prevent the sale of scissors to women.
Victoria’s Criminal Code defines an act of wilful breach of the Criminal Code Act to be an indictability offence.
On a nationwide basis, the industry has faced a barrage of scrutiny over the past decade.
Last year, a female hairdrister was fined more than $2 million for selling scissors to female clients.
Three female hairstylists and a male hairstylist have been jailed for their role in the offences.
After the convictions, a petition was started on Change.org asking for the Victorian Court of Appeal to overturn the $1 million penalty.
Justice Peter Jackson said the penalty was “unjust and disproportionate” and that the woman who sold the scissors should have been given the same penalty.
“There are many women who have suffered through this experience,” he said.
Tanya Baren is the national head of the Topfree Hairstyleers Association.
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