ABCC defeat triggers double dissolution election

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ABCC defeat triggers double dissolution election

The special sitting of federal parliament got straight down to business yesterday, promptly dispatching the RSRT and, as expected, failing to pass the ABCC bill. The government now has its election trigger.

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The special sitting of federal parliament got straight down to business yesterday, promptly dispatching the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and, as expected, failing to pass the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill. The government now has its election trigger. 

ABCC bills defeated


The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2] were both debated last night and failed to pass the Senate.

Attorney-General George Brandis confirmed on last night’s Lateline program “the constitutional grounds for a double dissolution election exist” – joining the rejection of the Registered Organisations Bill which already provides the grounds for a double dissolution.

The CFMEU predictably welcomed the defeat of the ABCC bill in the Senate as “a win for workers and basic human rights and freedoms” while Master Builders Australia said it was “deeply disappointed, but not surprised” at the voting down of the bill. It said it would continue its campaign to restore the ABCC.

Road safety tribunal abolished


The Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016 was debated and passed last night without any amendments. It received royal assent today, 19 April 2016 and repeals the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. 

Only a few hours prior to the Act’s passing, the tribunal said it would consider delaying the contentious contractor driver minimum payments order until 1 February 2017, however its demise was soon sealed.

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