Breakthrough possible on ABCC bill

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Breakthrough possible on ABCC bill

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has contacted Family First Senator Bob Day in a concerted bid to restore the building and construction watchdog (ABCC). If successful the likelihood of a double dissolution dissipates.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called Family First Senator Bob Day yesterday in a concerted effort to restore the building and construction watchdog (ABCC). If successful the likelihood of a double dissolution dissipates.

“The Prime Minister clearly wants this bill to pass”, Senator Day said.

“As I explained to him, if the government were to agree to address other crossbench senators’ concerns about corruption in other sectors – not an umbrella ‘ICAC’, but sector specific measures – then I can’t see any reason why a breakthrough agreement could not be reached. We have an opportunity to see the ABCC bill passed.

“I’m not a spokesman for the crossbench but they know where I stand on the ABCC having spent over 35 years in that industry. I am concerned about the thousands of people who work in the construction sector who just want the corruption and lawlessness to stop.”

Anti-corruption measures in other sectors


Senator Day said his crossbench colleagues were equally concerned about corruption in other sectors.

"The government has established anticorruption measures for the construction industry, why wouldn’t it design similar anticorruption measures for other sectors if corruption was found in them?

“I’m not talking about amending the ABCC bill. Nor am I talking about an all encompassing umbrella organisation like an ICAC. What I am talking about are sector by sector anticorruption measures tailor -made for each of those sectors.

“After speaking with the PM I am confident an agreement could be reached if the government agreed to look at sector specific corruption measures.”
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