Queensland to take quick High Court action over IR laws

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Queensland to take quick High Court action over IR laws

The Queensland Government will challenge Prime Minister John Howard’s new IR laws in the High Court as soon as they are enacted, and the NSW Government is also preparing a challenge.

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The Queensland Government will challenge Prime Minister John Howard’s new IR laws in the High Court as soon as they are enacted, and the NSW Government is also preparing a challenge. 

There has been speculation that the States may get an injunction from the High Court preventing the laws being implemented until the challenge has been heard – though some lawyers think this unlikely. 

Premier Peter Beattie and Minister for Industrial Relations Tom Barton announced the High Court challenge plans at yesterday’s National Day of Community Protest rally in Brisbane.

Beattie said his Government believed the Commonwealth Government was exceeding its powers under the Constitution and threatening the foundation of Commonwealth/State relations. 

‘We have received legal advice that we are able to proceed and when the legislation is enacted we will launch a challenge against one of greatest attacks on Australia’s constitutional arrangements since Federation,’ Beattie said. 

Immediate challenge

He said when the Workplace Relations Amendments Bill 2005 was enacted into law the State Government would issue an immediate challenge. 

‘These new laws will hurt Queensland workers and Queensland families and we will leave no stone unturned to try to stop them,’ Beattie said. 

‘The Howard Government has left us with no choice.

‘Queensland has the best industrial relations system in the country and with the stroke of a pen the Howard Government intends to wipe that out and put in place a system that jeopardises the rights of all workers.’   

New Qld Government advisory service 

Beattie also said Queensland workers confused about how the Federal Government’s WorkChoices changes will affect them would soon be able to get some ‘straight answers’ through a new State Government advisory service. 

‘It will provide support for community groups to help vulnerable workers who have been sacked or robbed of their entitlements under this legislation,’ Beattie said. 

‘The service will also help employers interpret the proposed legislation and how its provisions compared with the State’s industrial laws.’ 

A hotline is to be established early next month.

Upcoming event: Preparing for the new bargaining context   

A breakfast  briefing  on 8 December 2005  will be presented by acirrt, The University of Sydney and Cutler, Hughes & Harris (Lawyers) covering issues like: where the different types of agreements will be available in the new system; how the transitional awards/agreements will work; and how an employer can move forward from where they are now to a new agreement.

How to register: Book online at www.acirrt.com or call 1800 260 864 for a registration form to be sent to you.

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