How the Howard government set up its bruising 1998 waterfront union showdown

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The 1996-97 cabinet papers are strangely muted on Coalition government’s role in the industrial dispute that reshaped Australia

During 1996 and 1997, the Howard government was readying for one of the most bruising industrial relations battles in Australia’s history: the 1998 stoush with the Maritime Union of Australia.

The entire workforce of Patrick Stevedores was sacked, a new workforce of mainly ex-military men was brought in to replace them, and month-long pickets slowed movements at all the major ports in Australia.

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