Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
The Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MHR, has established a Working Group to ensure that if elected the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is re-established quickly and effectively following the election.

The Working Group announced today that it will ensure that, if elected, a Coalition government can hit the ground running in restoring the ABCC and boosting Australia’s productivity growth.

The Working Group will have Mr Josh Frydenberg, Ms Nola Marina and Mrs Jane Prentice as members and will be chaired by Mr Paul Fletcher. It will be tasked with examining current governance and practical problems in the construction sector (such as malfeasance and misconduct), as well as developing a detailed plan, including drafting instructions, for the prompt re-establishment of the ABCC.

The Working Group will consult closely with the building and construction sector and it will report to the Leader of the Opposition by 30 August.

“The work of the ABCC is just as important today as it was when it was first established,” James Tinslay, NECA CEO, adds.  “It should never have been abolished and as we predicted it has led to a sense of lawlessness in the construction sector.  And this is not in anyone’s best interest,” Tinslay concluded.

“The re-establishment of the ABCC would help put an end to the union stand-over tactics that have plagued this industry in recent years and provide a much-needed boost to Australia’s productivity,” said Tinslay.

The Coalition is committed to building a stronger Australia where law, order, transparency and honesty are effectively applied in every industry and sector of the economy. If elected, the ABCC will be re-established within three months of Parliament first sitting.


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NECA supports the Coalition’s plan to re-establish the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC)



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