Senate debates

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013; Second Reading

6:26 pm

Photo of Christopher BackChristopher Back (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

Time is not going to permit me, tonight, to make any comments on the shameful and ridiculous and hopeless and horrific and cowardly attack on Mr Nigel Hadgkiss by Senator Rhiannon, in this place, last night. I do attend, in adjournment, to pick up on that particular case. In a sense, I thank Senator Rhiannon for drawing attention to herself. A more shameful, more disgusting or more cowardly attack on an official without the opportunity to respond—a person with incredible skill, capacity and background—I have not seen. It was shameful. I will leave that for another time.

I return to efforts by the CFMEU to block the company Boral out of the opportunity to participate in construction contracts. If ever there was a case where the ABCC, in its new iteration, needed to encompass transport and off-site activities, look no further than Boral and its evidence to the Hayden royal commission. (Time expired)


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