The Federal Coalition is on a collision course with the Maritime Union of Australia over proposed changes to visas in the offshore oil and gas industry.Read more
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014, introduced into federal parliament today, would, if passed, remove Labor's answer to the Federal Court's 2012 Allseas ruling.
Labor's Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Bill 2013 amended the Migration Act 1950 to provide that anyone participating in, or supporting, an offshore resources activity is taken to be in the Australian migration zone.
This followed the Federal Court finding that two vessels of Swiss-based Allseas Construction were not operating inside Australia's "migration zone" as defined in s5(1) of the Act while installing pipelines for the Gorgon and Jansz gas fields, and as a result were not breaching any Australian laws by engaging non-citizens without 457 visas (see Related Article).
MUA condemns death in detention.Read more