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Abstract

In The Queen v The Commissioner of Police for the State of Tasmania ex parte North Broken Hill Limited (Trading as Associated Pulp and Paper Mills and APPM), (hereafter called the APPM case) Justice Wright has foreshadowed the possibility that the scope and ambit of police discretion may be under severe, judicial threat in the state of Tasmania, if not Australia. The facts of the APPM dispute are destined to be replicated in one degree or another during the 1990’s as Australian industrial relations undergo fundamental change. The system of industrial relations being created in Victoria and Tasmania, under Liberal State Governments, has the potential for generating a repetition of the APPM dispute. Therefore the APPM ruling will be of considerable importance in future industrial disputes.

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