Clifford Gouldson Lawyers

Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill Fails in Senate

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19/08/2015

The Australian Senate was deadlocked 33 votes each way on the Bill to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) earlier this week.  As a result the Bill has failed.

The Liberal Government says it will "re-engage" with the other parties to reintroduce the Bill as it believes the ABCC is needed to curtail illegal union activity in the construction industry.

Meanwhile the Labor Party maintains that the reinstated ABCC would have excessive powers and should not be empowered to deal with issues involving workplace crime that they believe should be referred to the police or the Australian Crime Commission.

The deadlock occurred, at least in part, due to the Palmer United Party's Senator Wang who abstained from voting and supports the release of the findings of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption before the Bill is reintroduced.

Meanwhile the construction industry can only adopt a wait and see approach as to whether the ABCC will rise again.

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