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Re-establishing Aust Building and Construction Commission 'essential'

14 November, 2013

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed the introduction into Parliament of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013.

According to David Humphrey, HIA's industrial relations spokesperson said: "The abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and the watering down of the building industry laws previously administered by the ABCC was the wrong decision and were matters that HIA publicly opposed.

"Re-establishing the ABCC is essential to boosting Australia's productivity and to ensuring law and order prevails at our nation's building sites.

"The re-emergence of pattern bargaining, the black-banning of certain suppliers and manufacturers and the use of standover tactics against independent contractors and other non- EBA businesses are unacceptable in a modern economy and should not be tolerated in the building industry.

"Accordingly, HIA now urges both Houses of Parliament to support the legislation to ensure the swift return of a strong and effective industry watchdog," concluded Humphrey.

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