Foreign workers on vessels operating in the booming offshore resources industry will be required to obtain visas and receive minimum pay and conditions, after the High Court ruled against the Turnbull government.
The much-anticipated judgement, delivered on Wednesday, overturns recent government reforms that have allowed foreign workers on certain vessels to be employed without working visas.
The court ruled that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton had acted outside his authority by allowing the exemptions from Australia’s migration zone.
Maritime workers say the court victory will help protect local jobs and prevent the exploitation of cheap overseas labour in the $200 billion offshore oil and gas industry.
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