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19th December, 1925 : The High Court dealt a blow to the Federal Government by quashing its decision to deport two leaders of the Australian Seamen’s Union, Thomas Walsh and Jacob Johnson, and ordering their immediate release. The two unionists were arrested in August in Sydney, shortly after an amendment to the Immigration Act became law. The legislation, which the ruling virtually invalidates, allows for the deportation of aliens breaking industrial law and was introduced largely to fight the Seamen’s Union, which paralysed shipping in a series of strikes. Earlier the Government had the union deregistered. Walsh and Johnson were represented in the High Court by Dr Herbert Evatt, who is also the Labor MLA for Balmain.