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Waterfront reform [MUA interim injunctions in the Federal Court]



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THE HON PETER REITH MP

MINISTER FOR WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND SMALL BUSINESS

LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

8 April, 1998

52/98

 

WATERFRONT REFORM

 

Moves by the MUA to obtain interim injunctions in the Federal Court are a desperate, bu t pointless attempt, to frustrate the waterfront reform process.

 

Tragically the MUA seems to want to again falsely build up the expectations of its members that it can protect their interests despite the fact that its conduct throughout this dispute has, above all, brought about the events of the past 24 hours.

 

The injunctions do not negate any of the developments which occurred last night or today.

 

It neither reverses the fact that the Patrick employer has been placed into administration under insolvency laws, nor does it impact upon the redundancy levy scheme which the Federal Government introduced into the Parliament today, or the terms of that scheme.

 

The Court order is temporary only. It is capable of rescission or variation by the Court itself or on appeal. It does not impact upon the waterfront reform program which will continue to proceed in the national interest.

 

For further information contact: Ian Hanke 0419 484 095