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“The community are the winners from the new
laws to improve the effectiveness of the Australian Building and Construction
(ABCC) which passed the passed the Senate yesterday,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of
Master Builders Australia said.
“The lawlessness, intimidation and industrial
thuggery that happens on building sites isn't just an industry problem– it is
everyone's problem – because taxpayers foot the bill for the delays, blowouts
and days lost to strikes causing construction costs to be about 30% higher than
they should be,” he said.
“The new laws reduce the current Code
transition period from two years to nine months and mean the community will
gain from more schools, hospitals and roads sooner and small building
businesses and tradies will be protected from building union bullies,” Wilhelm
“Master Builders commends that Senator Hinch
has listened to his constituents, recognises the transition has caused
unintended problems for builders, and had the courage to return to Parliament
this year seeking to make things right,” he said.
“Senator Hinch, along with Senators Xenophon,
Kakoschke-Moore, Griff; Hanson, Roberts, Burston, Leyonhjelm and Bernardi, are
to be applauded for having seen through the building union campaign of lies and
untruths,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.
“These Senators, along with Minister Cash and
the Turnbull Government, have taken a stand. They have voted yes to the rule of
law and no to union bullying on building sites. They have voted yes to
supporting small business sub-contractors and no to intimidation and thuggery.
They have voted yes to ensuring taxpayers get value for money and no to delay
and cost blow-outs,” he said.
“After three Royal Commissions, dozens of
reviews and inquiries, and countless court decisions, it is clear that the
construction industry had unique problems and that tougher industry specific
rules were needed and this is exactly what the ABCC does,” Wilhelm Harnisch
“The successful passage of laws to improve the
implementation period of the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building
Work 2016 (the Code) is a very positive outcome for the building and
construction industry,” he said.
“The building and construction sector is the
second largest part of our economy and builders are looking forward to getting
on with what they do best – building the things the community needs and
creating jobs,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.
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