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Senate upholds building reforms


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia

Today, Labor again did the bidding of its lawless masters at the CFMEU by attempting to use the Senate to overturn the Building Code, a key part of the Turnbull Government’s reforms to fix the building industry.

The Building Code was introduced along with legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission. It is vital to fixing a major problem in our second largest industry.

The code applies to projects funded by the Australian Government and will ensure small businesses can compete fairly for work without union intimidation or unfair practices by head contractors. It will help important infrastructure be delivered on time and on budget.

The code also applies higher standards of conduct to employers in relation to workplace safety, security of payments and respecting workplace rights.

It is estimated that the high rate of industrial disputes in construction (around five times the average of all industries) and the CFMEU stranglehold over the building industry currently adds around 30 per cent to the costs of schools, hospitals and other vital infrastructure.

With their attempt to overturn the Building Code, Labor has once again demonstrated that they put the interests of union bosses ahead of small businesses, taxpayers and our economy.

I thank the Nick Xenophon Team, Pauline Hanson's One Nation, Senator Leyonhjelm, Senator Gichuhi, Senator Hinch and Senator Bernardi for supporting the Government’s reforms and standing up to CFMEU intimidation.