Sunshine has its share of financial hardship

A financial hardship case against the Sunshine Coast University has been lodged by former student John G. McCallum, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December.

The 34-year-old has been seeking to have his claim for the $936,000 he was due to receive from the university be heard in the High Court.

Mr McCallums lawyer told the Supreme Court on Thursday that his client was entitled to $9 million from the $2.2 billion university.

“I’m not in a position to argue why the university has to take out the case,” Mr McCallams lawyer, Daniel McBride, said.

Mr McBride said Mr McCalls claims would amount to “a massive tax and disincentive to future participation”.

The University of Sunshine said it was “disappointed” to hear of Mr McCalla’s case.

“We respect his right to pursue his claim and we’re confident that the outcome will be in the public interest,” the university said in a statement.

“As always, we will defend the university’s position vigorously.”

Mr McCalla was diagnosed in December with a terminal cancer and died in October.

His claim for compensation is estimated to be $1.5 million.

The case against Sunshine Coast was lodged in January 2016 and is due to be heard by a judge in March.

The university said it had not yet decided whether to appeal the High Cost Division decision in the case, which it described as a “major milestone”.

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