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Government remains 100 per cent committed to the Ensuring Integrity Bill


The Hon Craig Laundy MP
Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation
Member for Reid

The Ensuring Integrity Bill remains a priority for the Turnbull Government, and we will continue to pursue it through the Parliament.

The Ensuring Integrity Bill passed the House last year. If Bill Shorten had supported it in the Senate, it would now be law.

Sadly, Bill Shorten and his party oppose this significant reform, and we know why: he is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CFMMEU.

Labor has accepted over $11 million in donations from the CFMEU since 2000-01, despite their continued bullying, thuggery and intimidation.

Bill Shorten opposes our legislation because it contains profoundly important changes which will strengthen the Court’s ability to adequately deal with those who deliberately flout the law, engage in financial misconduct, fail to act in their members’ interests and abandon their members; sadly, conduct which has become all too common in recent times. This is the conduct that Bill Shorten and Labor think is acceptable.

I am proud that in this term of Government we have restored the Australian Building and Construction Commission, standing alongside small and medium sub-contractors to level the playing field and give them a fair go on our building sites.

Labor opposed this legislation all the way and would abolish the ABCC.

We have supported vulnerable workers through legislative change – something that Labor never did in six years of government.

We have also established the Registered Organisations Commission to ensure greater transparency and oversight of employer bodies and unions. Labor and Bill Shorten opposed this.

We proudly supported the 60,000 volunteers of the Country Fire Authority from the Andrews’ Government’s relentless attack on its integrity, autonomy and authority. Labor and Bill Shorten opposed this.

We abolished the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, a tribunal which put at risk the livelihoods of tens of thousands of family businesses. Labor and Bill Shorten opposed this.

We have passed Corrupting Benefits legislation which goes a long way towards ending the sweetheart deals between employers and unions and does nothing to benefit workers. Labor and Bill Shorten opposed this.

We will keep pursuing these reforms through the Proper Use of Worker Benefits Bill, which has passed the House and is currently in the Senate. Labor and Bill Shorten opposes this.

We’re standing up for workers, we’re standing up for small business and we’re delivering integrity and transparency. Labor is doing the opposite.