The New Province for Law and Order: 100 Years of Australian Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Commonwealth of Australia was federated in 1901. Only three short years later the Federal Government established a court system to arbitrate over industrial disputes in a young country that already had a history of half a century of organised labour. This book is a thematic history of an important Australian institution, the federal conciliation and arbitration system, on the occasion of its centenary. The various chapters written by leading scholars deal with the system's political history, the work of the tribunal, the legal framework, economic and social effects, the effects on indigenous and women workers, the role of employers associations and unions, and the management of industrial conflict. It is a story rich in drama involving strikes, lockouts, imprisonment of union officials, noisy protests in courtrooms and in the streets, momentous High Court judgements, and the rise and fall of governments.

Table of Contents

Elusive middle ground: a political history Tim Rowse
Arbitration in action Stuart Macintyre
The law of conciliation and arbitration Michael Kirby and Breen Creighton
Economic and social effects Keith Hancock and Sue Richardson
Justice and equity: women and indigenous workers Gillian Whitehouse
Employers' associations and compulsory arbitration David Plowman
Unions and arbitration Malcolm Rimmer
Managing industrial conflict Bill Harley
Main tribunal changes
The objects of the act
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