Rob Corr has an excellent post on yesterday’s decision by the High Court upholding the applicability of Australian industrial awards (and the jurisdiction of the AIRC) in relation to foreign-crewed and owned vessels operating in Australian coastal shipping. Here’s an Age article briefly discussing the decision.
Interestingly for High Court majority watchers, this was a rare 7-0 decision where all Justices delivered a single joint judgment. The Bench included the newest appointee Justice Heydon. It seems you just can’t trust even ultra-conservatives to do the Right thing once they get their tenured backsides on those plush judicial armchairs.