Peter Dutton’s warning to the PM as government pulls teeth off the ABCC
Peter Dutton is warning the Prime Minister to keep the construction watchdog in place.
Yesterday, it was announced the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) will still be able to prosecute unions for coercion and industrial action breaches under a raft of remaining powers.
But Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke will scrap the building code used by the agency before defunding and ultimately abolishing the commission.
Australian Senator Michaelia Cash stated earlier this week that Anthony Albanese is “effectively handing Australia’s building and construction industry to the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union with their disastrous decision to wind back the building code”.
The Opposition Leader told Ray Hadley he agrees with Ms Cash and there are concerns about the ability of the Fair Work Ombudsman to police worksites and handle prosecutions.
“It’s a much bigger issue than people realise,” Mr Dutton said.
“The watchdog was designed to police construction websites so this illegal behaviour couldn’t take place.
“What happens is they stop concrete pours, they picket out the front, they swear and threaten the life of workers if they go onto the building site and it drives up the cost of buildings, houses and aged care facilities.”
Mr Dutton added that Anthony Albanese “can’t pretend” the ABCC having its powers stripped won’t impact the economy and is imploring him to “enforce the rule of law” to minimise the impact on jobs.
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