Tort of intimidation in Australia

The CFMEU intends to appeal to the High Court following another loss in its attempt to persuade the Australian courts that the tort of intimidation has no place in contemporary Australian common law. In an landmark 1971 decision called Sid Ross Agency Pty Ltd v Actors & Announcers Equity Association of Australia the New South Wales Court of Appeal ruled that there was “strong authority for the proposition” that parties intending to injure or damage another party by threatening to take unlawful action against a third party are open to legal action by the party they intend to hurt. This is a decision which has long rancored with militant trade unions and has again been upheld by the Victorian Court of Appeal in CFMEU v Boral Resources (Vic) Pty Ltd (2014 VSCA 348 delivered on 19 December 2014