Minister Assisting the Premier Glen Elmes said the court action could have amounted to a six figure sum.
Minister Assisting the Premier Glen Elmes said the court action could have amounted to a six figure sum. Geoff Potter

Unions' appeal bid to High Court dismissed

UNIONS have lost a bid to challenge the Newman Government in Australia's highest court.

The Australian Workers' Union and Together Union launched Supreme Court action last year arguing the Queensland Government's industrial relations legislation, allowing for outsourcing and condition changes, was invalid because it was contrary to the separation of powers between the government and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

The AWU also submitted the legislation undermined the Industrial Relations Commission's institutional integrity and independence.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the argument earlier this year and ruled the legislation, passed last August, was valid.

The unions were also ordered to pay costs.

The AWU applied to the High Court on Thursday for special leave to appeal the decision.

The High Court dismissed the application.

Minister Assisting the Premier Glen Elmes said the court action could have amounted to a six figure sum.

"Going to the High Court is an expensive exercise, and not something people usually do without considerable thought and at least some chance of success," he said.

"On this occasion, the union leaders obviously gave their frivolous action little thought, and they clearly had no chance of success."


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