Australia's High Court Upholds Labor-Law Reform

Law360, New York (November 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a sweeping decision that would centralize Australia’s government powers, the High Court has ruled that the national government can regulate corporate employment practices.

Dismissing a constitutional challenge by Australia’s states, territories and labor unions, the country’s highest court upheld on Tuesday the government’s Work Choices laws, which would introduce national workplace regulations in the country.

“The place of corporations in the economic life of Australia today is radically different from the place they occupied when the framers were considering what legislative powers should be given...
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