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Federal Government’s IR department broke its own laws in November 2005, says judge

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

The Federal Government’s industrial relations department broke its own laws when it ordered public servants not to go to an ACTU protest rally in November 2005, reported The Age (7/9/2007, p. 2). Freedom of association rights breached: Federal Court judge Catherine Branson ruled yesterday a written order from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations that departments deny leave to public servants wanting to attend the rally was in breach of freedom-of-association provisions. The Workplace Relations Depart­ment would consider appealing, act­ing chief counsel David De Silva said. The court has not yet settled on a penalty.

The Age, 7/9/2007, p. 2

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