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1986 Manufacturing Grocers' (Superannuation) Case

Re The Manufacturing Grocers’ Employees Federation of Australia & Another; Ex parte The Australian Chamber of Manufactures & Another (1986) 160 CLR 341 – Gibbs C.J., Mason, Wilson, Brennan, Deane and Dawson JJ., Judgment 15 May 1986

The case arises from the 1980s push for wider access to superannuation benefits. The High Court is referred the question of jurisdiction during the hearing of a productivity-based superannuation claim made by the ACTU in the June 1986 National Wage Case. The Court decides that superannuation is an ‘industrial matter’ and therefore the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission can make awards relating to superannuation.

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