The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) improved productivity on Australian construction sites between 2005 and 2012. It drove down the costs to both taxpayers and business alike to build the infrastructure needed to provide jobs and services to the Australian people.
The Coalition have been right to try and restore the ABCC. Regrettably, even after taking that policy to the 2013 election, they needed a double-dissolution election in 2016 to get a Senate that would back the ABCC.
Even after the Coalition won the election, some of the Senate crossbench abandoned principle for politics.
There is a better way.
With a strong Australian Conservatives presence on the Senate crossbench, our nation will not be forced to accept an unaccountable and virtually lawless construction sector.
We, Australian Conservatives, will without hesitation support restoring the construction watchdog, the ABCC.