In Defence of Labour Law

12 Pages Posted: 9 May 2007

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Ronald McCallum

The University of Sydney Law School


This paper articulates a defence of labour law in the face of a multidimensional attack on the very existence of labour law in Australia. It critiques the Work Choices legislation from a number of angles, including: the elevated importance of individual agreement-making over collective bargaining; the erosion of conciliation and arbitration; and the corporatisation of labour law. It outlines the dangers inherent in Australia's new regulation-centred labour law scholarship. Finally, the paper emphasises the importance of labour law scholarship at universities.

Keywords: Collective bargaining, future of industrial relations, Work Choices legislation, corporations power, Australian Constitution

JEL Classification: K10, K31, J53, J52, J58

Suggested Citation

McCallum, Ronald, In Defence of Labour Law. Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/20, Available at SSRN:

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