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He appears to be a vexatious litigant and I would suggest you speak with the solicitor that you have and see whether or not an application can be made to the court that he not be permitted to sue again.
There are matters in all jurisdictions of Australian where people are banned from filing applications with the courts because they are sent to vexatious and wasting court's time and money.
The courts usually will not allow indefinite adjournments because of a failure of the solicitor to appeal or a client does not have a solicitor.
If you failed to attend on the next occasion I suggest that your solicitor requests that the matter be struck out if it is his application, or that the orders are you seeking your application be granted and that the court also makes an order for costs against this person.
At this point your solicitor should also request the court consider referring the matter so that this person be forbidden from making any further claims against anybody in the state as a vexatious litigant.
following link is information about vexatious litigants in Australia.
If the appeal is your appeal and he doesn't show you should request that the order be made against him and also an order for costs.
I know it's frustrating but this is all that is left but your solicitor should not accept the court saying to adjourn the matter further. Your solicitor should stand up and request the court will make adjournment order and give the court history of the matter and the previous matters so that the court understands and does not grant a further adjournment.
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