Allseas Construction v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Stephen Groves, Director of the Offshore Division has written to the Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon. Min. Martin Ferguson and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon. Min. Chris Bowen regarding the judgement handed down by Justice McKerracher in  the Allseas Construction S.A. (Arbn 096 664 649) v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the Federal Court in Perth on 18 May 2012.

This decision has potentially disastrous ramifications for our membership and all Australian workers in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Justice McKerracher found that Allseas vessels involved in the installation of pipeline for the Gorgon and Jansz gas fields were not operating inside the Migration Zone and therefore the foreign workers aboard the two vessels, the Solitaire and Lorelay do not need any visa at all to work in our Migration Zone.

The AMOU applauded the Minister for Immigration's decision to oppose Allseas in this matter in the first instance and we now call on the Gillard government to close this loop hole in the legislation to ensure that the offshore oil and gas industry within the Australian exclusive economic zone remains the work of Australians.

Jan Thompson, Industrial Officer